Houston: Worst Speed-Trap City in America?

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A new compilation of online complaints seems to show that Houston, believe it or not, is either a) the worst American city for speed traps, or b) home to the drivers who complain most about speed traps.

CNBC looked at all the reader-submitted listings at speedtrap.org and declared Houston the worst.

Aaron Quinn of the National Motorists Association, which puts together the speedtrap site, tells Hair Balls CNBC used this database for their study. since the site does not rank the cities but just lists complaints.

"Speedtrap.org is a user-driven Web site, so all the speed traps listed are contributed by drivers," he says," so it's not claiming to be scientific.

But Houston has 373 complaints on the site; no other city in the U.S. has more than 200. Texas cities do dominate the top ten list, though, with Austin coming in second and Dallas eighth.

The NMA gathers the info, it says, because it "opposes the use of enforcement tactics that are intended to generate revenue from technical violations of underposted speed limits."

Some of the Houston locations listed:

-- Loop 610 near Reliant Stadium: "Two cops run the trap. One is running radar and the other is waiting to pull out and get you. Look for this trap the last week of any month on both sides of the 601 Loop near the Astrodome."

-- Shepherd/Durham and I-10: "There is a bridge going over the bayou and business parks. Cops sit at the foot of the bridge (southbound for Durham, northbound for Shepherd). They use radar and hide behind bushes or the taqueria stand. On Durham they also look for inspection stickers/seat belts at the stop light for I-10 overpass."

-- Beltway 8 between 59 and I-10: "Harris County Constables have this entire section staked out. Cars, motorcycle cops, all with laser, always during rush hour and sometimes other times as well. Have very sneaky hiding spots all along the toll road. Always have at least two patrol units with laser, sometimes up to four or five."

And on and on and on....

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Jpknlnd
Jpknlnd

People who speed deserve the tickets. They're a menace to all of us who drive sanely.

illegal1
illegal1

Funny how those who claim to drive sanely, are the very same seen on their cell phone either talking on or texting. Then becomes upset when someone speeds past them, never realizing they're driving slower than the posted speed limit because they are so focus on their phones.

Josh Webster
Josh Webster

How about we all just drive the speed limit AND pay attention.

Josh Webster
Josh Webster

Look at me, I'm an internet tough-guy! My psuedonym is illeglal1, so you know I'm a badass! And I think you meant "stripes."Have a great day.

illegal1
illegal1

Thank you Capt'n Obvious. Now go and tell the tigers at the zoo that they have strips, I'm sure they're more than happy to recieve you and your keen observation and sound logic.

Chef504
Chef504

Oh what would humanity do without people making sure we were safe despite ourselves. Thats the answer we need more laws and to hell with common sense. If you truly believe that all laws are in place for our safety then Josh I have some beach front property to sell you in New Mexico. I bet you think the George W Bush Library will have coloring books to. See you at the Glenn Beck Rally.

Josh Webster
Josh Webster

Not all laws, Mr. Anonymous Smarty-Pants. But speed limits and red light enforcement are definitely there for everyone's safety. No one is trying to subjugate or own you by asking you to drive safely, and no one is asking for more laws to control us. People that speed and run red lights are putting the rest of us at risk, especially those of us on two wheels.

Josh Webster
Josh Webster

No surprise, coming from the city that voted to remove the red light cameras they just paid to have installed so they could go back to breaking the law with impunity. People just have no respect for laws that are obviously in place for our own safety.

matx
matx

If you click through to the site and actually read the comments, you realize that the posters actually do know what the speed limit is for the stretch they got the ticket for, but just don't like the fact that law enforcement officers are enforcing the law.

Chef504
Chef504

I would love the opportunity to speed in Houston. However, the way in which most Houstonians drive is not conducive for going fast. The freeways are always jammed packed and there is always, yes always a wreck or two making traffic move along at a speedy thirty to forty mph. I also love how Buick cars are synonymous with slow ass drivers. Having driven a lot in other cities Houston is really no better or worse, but there are some driving rules that are lost. A blinker seems to be more of a suggestion round these parts, and the left lane is no more a fast lane than Houston is a tourist destination. I still cant understand all the need for all the different types of law dogs. HPD, Sheriff, MetroPD, Constable, State Troopers, and I think there is another. Oh well, at least the weather is great.

Fredbrownlee1
Fredbrownlee1

This is worthless information that is being exploited by CNBC. It could be that Houston is indeed the worst speed trap city in the nation but this little database is about as useful as me taking a casual poll of my facebook friends all around the world and publishing the results. This is just one more opportunity for national media to trash Houston, something they seem to love to do

Zlockrem
Zlockrem

could it be that Houstonians just speed more then everyone else?

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