One man’s speed trap is another man’s deterrent. There are some municipalities in Texas where catching speeders is a revenue generator and a way of life.
And then, there are the others…
Ah, traffic. It just seems to keep getting worse, doesn’t it. It makes you angry, it makes you crazy and it makes you late. And sooner or later you give into temptation and speed. Ans when you get caught, you always feel like you got caught in a speed trap. Well they happen, especially here in Texas, but sometimes, they are just trying to pound into your thick skull…don’t do that again.
“They don’t want to wait through two more cycles, they want to get through that light, so they push the yellow and end up running the red light.”
But for every city like ours, there are notorious ones, known for making hay off of speeders.
Of the top ten speed traps noted by the National Motorists Association, three are here in Texas.
Dallas, Austin, and, number one, my hometown of Houston.
They estimate 373 speed traps around the Bayou City, generating 147 tickets an hour. That averages $14 million dollars a month.
But not every speed stop is a speed trap.
But a speed trap is defined as existing solely to generate revenue, particularly by changing the speed limit drastically in a short distance.
But without sounding too proud, here, the point is to emphasize safety.
And the main reason…well it’s pretty predictable…
People running late, in a hurry, are the biggest category of citations issued.
Don Martin told us that frankly, they’d prefer to give everyone a warning, but sometimes, nothing makes it sink in like a traffic fine.
For the National Motorist Association website, follow this link...