Ask a dozen drivers which city and state has the worst speed traps, and I’ll guarantee that you get a dozen different answers. All of them will probably relate to the last place they got pulled over, which isn’t exactly a scientific methodology. Luckily for us, the National Motorists Association keeps track of stuff like this, and they’ve just released their latest study. Per the NMA’s Chad Dornsife, “Speed limits are supposed to be based on factual studies of traffic and what the majority of motorists deem as a safe speed. Now, the posted limit has become a revenue generator—not a safety device.” Dornsife’s group estimates that speeding tickets generate up to $6 billion in revenue in the United States, and chances are better than average that you’ve contributed to that amount throughout the years. Read on to find out which cities are the worst offenders.
10. Los Angeles, CA, with 151 speed traps
9. Chicago, IL, with 153 speed traps
8. Dallas, TX, with 156 speed traps
7. Orlando, FL, with 165 speed traps
6. Denver, CO, with 165 speed traps
5. Jacksonville, FL, with 175 speed traps
4. Colorado Springs, CO, with 186 speed traps
3. Las Vegas, NV, with 187 speed traps
2. Austin, TX, with 189 speed traps
1. Houston, TX, with 373 speed traps
The best advice I can give after reading the list is, “don’t speed in Texas”, and “don’t speed in any tourist destination cities”. You should also avoid speeding in cash-strapped cities like Los Angeles and Chicago, who are more than happy to separate you from your hard earned cash. As for Jacksonville, I’m not sure I’m buying it. Sure, we have speed enforcement on residential streets and on some highways, but I can count the traffic stops I’ve seen over the last four years on one hand. We’re too busy trading gunfire to worry about things like speed limits, and the police take this into consideration.