The Biggest Speed-Trap Cities in North Texas
Maybe the street was deserted and you decided to open up the throttle. Maybe a tree branch was blocking the flashing school zone sign, or you didn't notice the cop as you rolled through the stop sign.
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Whatever the particulars of the situation, practically every driver knows the flush of shame -- and the paroxysm of rage at the cosmic unfairness of traffic enforcement, and the gut-punch of watching a couple hundred dollars disappear from your account -- that come with a traffic ticket.
Those who regularly travel in Southlake or Hurst, or through any number of smaller burgs like Northlake and Pantego, know better than most. Those places top Unfair Park's authoritative list of North Texas' top speed traps.
Our methodology was simple. We gathered traffic citation data from every city in Dallas, Denton, Collin, and Tarrant counties from Texas' Office of Court Administration, which compiles statistics on municipal court cases. McKinney's tally we had to get from the city. We're still waiting for Fort Worth to get back with us, which is why it's not listed.
Then we divided that number by the city's population to get the number of traffic tickets written per capita. Cities with more than 15,000 people are in one list, those with fewer in another, because there's no way Dallas, with 1.2 million people, could match tiny Northlake's torrid 3.42-tickets-per-person pace.
We didn't account for the volume of traffic in any given town, the size of the police force, the presence of red-light cameras, or any number of other variables that could inform the results. Nevertheless, it offers a glimpse of how aggressively towns approach traffic enforcement.
For larger cities, Southlake leads the pack with .73 tickets written per resident, followed by Hurst, Haltom City, Farmers Branch and Euless. Here's the full list:
Head over the page to see the stats for smaller cities in NTX, including one that's issuing 3.43 tickets per resident!