No matter where you live in the state of Texas, it seems as if just about every single town in our great state has a speed trap! There is a website that has compiled a list of speed traps in Texas and they're not just in the major metropolitan areas, but our smallest of small towns too!

With so many roads in Texas it's easy to go beyond the posted speed limit on many roads and local police departments are well aware of that. Officers are constantly out on patrol looking for those that are going faster than the posted speed limit. Speed limits along Texas highways and roads change drastically sometimes and if you're not paying attention you're going well over the posted speed. Then there are cases where local officers like to sit in a particular location on a road where speeding is a problem just waiting for an offender to crest the top of a hill, get to the bottom of a valley or just go right by them on a straight stretch of concrete.

According to Speedtrap.org, here are the ten worst Texas speed trap cities:

  • Houston
  • San Antonio
  • Austin
  • Dallas
  • Palmer
  • Carrollton
  • Pasadena
  • Timpson
  • Riesel
  • Milford

Theses cities were reported by drivers over the past 5 years to the National Speed Trap Exchange. Speedtrap.org has a laundry list of cities with speed traps listed.  Being more observant of posted speed limits and driving the speed limit would reduce this list of speed traps!

Here recently I have noticed within the city of Tyler an increased police presence along the new stretch of Cumberland Road between Old Jacksonville Hwy. and S. Broadway (Hwy. 69). Now I know the new police station is located on this stretch of road, but I have noticed Tyler officers just sitting in their entrance driveway waiting for someone coming down the hill in a 35 m.p.h. zone before going into the 45 m.p.h. zone at the bottom of the hill. Another place I've seen Tyler police issue several tickets are along Grande Blvd. between Paluxy and Hwy. 110 and then again along Paluxy between Loop 323 and Shiloh.

No matter where you go, you have to be aware of the posted speed and adhere to it, or you could be hit with a hefty traffic fine along with court costs and a potential increase in your auto insurance!

From Speedtrap.org here are some other reported speed traps throughout East Texas:

  • Longview
    W. Loop 282 near Hwy. 31
    Hwy. 322 between Hwy. 149 and Hwy. 349 in Lakeport
    Blue Ridge Pkwy. near Gilmer Rd.
  • Tyler
    Robert E. Lee and Cambridge
    Gentry Pkwy. (Hwy. 69) near Loop 323
    Front St. at Fleishiel overpass
    S. Broadway between Front St. and Fifth St.
    Hwy. 31 East from Loop 323 to FM 850
  • Jacksonville
    Hwy. 69 near Love's Lookout
  • Henderson
    Hwy. 259 - entering and exiting the city limits
  • Gilmer
    Hwy. 300 before Hwy. 271
  • Quitman
    Hwy. 154 West near the Lake Fork bridge
  • Kilgore
    Hwy. 259 - especially during school near the school zone
    Longview St. between Hwy. 42 and Hwy. 259
  • Marshall
    Hwy. 259 North leaving city limit
    Hwy. 259 near Hwy. 80

As you can see there are a lot of places (and lots more) where you should be watching your speed. Slow down and go the posted speed and you will avoid receiving a ticket while driving through these areas and other.

What other speed traps should others be aware of and slow down while driving? Let us know in the comment section below.