Austin is reported to have something to the tune of 189 speed traps. Texas has a nifty law that’s referred to as “home rule,” meaning municipalities don’t have to follow state laws. Yep, they really are the judge, jury, and executioner. There are reports of motorists who say they were given a ticket for 3 mph over the speed limit in a school zone. Now, I am in favor of protecting the little ones (I have five grandkids), but the posted speed limit was 80 and the driver was ticketed for 83 mph. Oh, did I mention that the school zone sign was two miles away from the school.

Pay particular attention to Austin’s northern and southern city limits (according to Speedtrap.org), as law enforcement is particularly vigilant. I might add reports say that police aren’t averse to pulling over multiple cars at a time to maximize their time spent writing tickets. Well, at least they are optimizing their time by increasing productivity.

Now, I am not picking on Texas, but they do have three of the Top 10 cities for speed traps. Number one in the country is Houston with 372 speed traps. That’s not a misprint.

In checking with Speedtrap.org it is reported that there are traps set at the Houston city limits and near attractions like the Astrodome. The one I like is the rapid and dramatic change in the posted speed limit. Entering Houston on Highway 59 North the posted speed limit is 70. Guess what it drops to immediately? How about 55 mph. The officer who hands out tickets on this stretch of road has been reported to be immediately adjacent to the speed limit sign. One has virtually no opportunity to slow down and it’s an immediate ticket for 15 mph over the posted speed limit, which by the way is an expensive ticket.

In rummaging around for some additional data it was noted that in March 2010, KTRK Channel 13, reported that Houston police wrote approximately 3,000 tickets per day, or 147 an hour. I’m impressed but I do not want to find myself on the wrong end of their local law enforcement effort.

According to TrafficTicketSecrets.com, it is reported that the average speeding ticket in the United States is about $150. Multiply that out and that’s $450,000 a day—and $14 million for the month. Now that’s a great way to get us out of our current fiscal disaster. Drive safely, be aware, and carry a fat wallet. See you on the road this summer.