Driving Politics
Home >Police Enforcement > Speed Limits/Traps > Texas Cities Profit Despite Speed Trap Law 
Print It Email It Tweet It

Texas Cities Profit Despite Speed Trap Law
Texas law against speed traps has failed to prevent small towns from funding operations from speeding tickets.

Estelline, Texas
The 1975 Texas statute meant to ban small jurisdictions from funding city operations from speeding tickets has failed to curb the practice. Estelline, a tiny town of 194 in the Panhandle, is almost entirely funded by citations issued to outsiders passing through on US 287. Where the speed limit suddenly drops from 70 MPH to 50, the town's lone police officer is ready to pounce.

Texas law mandates that a small city or town may only generate speeding ticket revenue equal to 30 percent of the previous year's total budget. After that, the city keeps just $1 from every $170-280 ticket it can issue. It must then send the rest to the state. In 1999, a state audit caught the town illegally withholding $15,025 in fine revenue.

"We're able to increase our revenue a bit every year," Estelline Mayor Rick Manley told the Houston Chronicle.

Estelline will generate $320,000 in traffic tickets and pocket $110,000 in 2007.

Source: Small town relies on speeders to pay its bills (Houston Chronicle, 4/8/2007)

Permanent Link for this item
Return to Front Page

Related News
A History Of The First US Speed Traps

Illinois Supreme Court Confirms Existence Of Illegal Traffic Ticket Quota

Accident Rate Continues To Drop On US Roads

Michigan Appeals Court Rejects Illegally Lowered Speed Limit

UK Parliament Hears From Pro-Motorist Group

View Main Topics:

Get Email Updates
Subscribe with Google
Subscribe via RSS or E-Mail

Back To Front Page

Front Page | Get Updates | Site Map | About Us | Search | RSS Feed Driving politics