Biggest North Texas Speed Trap Cities of 2014

Everyone in Dallas drives around with a mental map showing the contours of local traffic enforcement. It shows the places where cops with itchy ticket-fingers treat minor driving infractions as tantamount to high treason and, conversely, those spots where they are too busy catching murderers or snacking on doughnuts (depending on the jurisdiction) to bother much with traffic laws. But these maps, sketched as they are from a mix of personal experience and anecdotes from friends of friends, are necessarily crude and are useless once a driver exits their typical sphere of travel. In a word, what's missing from those maps is data.

That's where the following charts come in. For the second consecutive year, Unfair Park has crunched data compiled by Texas' Office of Court Administration to determine how many traffic tickets were prosecuted in ever municipality in Dallas, Collin, Denton, and Tarrant counties. (The data actually spans December 2013 to November 2014 since that's what was available from the OCA.)

So we're comparing apples to apples, we've separated the large and large-ish cities (those with at least 15,000 people, aka places you've almost definitely heard of) from what amount to semi-rural hamlets (Double Oak? Westover Hills?).

See also: The Biggest Speed-Trap Cities in North Texas

Once again, tony Southlake is the most ticket-happy of the large cities, writing .56 tickets for every one of its residents, but its officers seem to have eased off in the past 12 months; in 2013, they wrote .73 tickets per resident. And Southlake is almost neck-and-neck with upstart Balch Springs (.54), which leaped from seventh to second on the list.

City

Population (2013)

Traffic tickets

Tickets per capita
1 Southlake

28,234

15,735

.56
2 Balch Springs

25,024

13,481

.54
3 Farmers Branch

31,664

16,152

.51
4 Hurst

38,448

18,109

.47
5 Euless

53,224

24,947

.47
6 Grapevine

50,195

22,599

.45
7 Carrollton

126,700

54,997

.43
8 Addison

15,407

6,479

.42
9 Haltom City

43,580

15,269

.35
10 Benbrook

22,206

7,545

.34
11 Richardson

104,475

35,098

.34
12 Corinth

20,618

6,830

.33
13 Bedford

48,592

15,160

.31
14 The Colony

39,458

11,797

.30
15 Grand Prairie

183,372

51,662

.28
16 Arlington

379,577

105,080

.28
17 North Richland Hills

67,317

16,537

.25
18 Keller

42,907

9,910

.23
19 Irving

228,653

47,044

.21
20 Denton

123,099

24,605

.20
21 Mesquite

143,484

27,735

.19
22 Garland

234,566

45,107

.19
23 Fort Worth

797,727

147,519

.18
24 Lewisville

101,074

18,380

.18
25 Duncanville

39,605

7,096

.18
26 Allen

92,020

16,330

.18
27 Saginaw

50,303

8,473

.17
28 Coppell

40,342

6,679

.17
29 Mansfield

60,872

10,003

.16
30 University Park

23,992

3,805

.16
31 Murphy

19,515

3,031

.16
32 DeSoto

51,483

7,641

.15
33 Cedar Hill

46,663

6,698

.14
34 Flower Mound

68,609

9,571

.14
35 Frisco

136,791

17,326

.13
36 Rowlett

58,043

7,323

.13
37 Plano

274,409

33,776

.12
38 Dallas

1,258,000

152,517

.12
39 Seagoville

15,519

1,821

.12
40 Lancaster

38,071

4,459

.12
41 McKinney

148,559

16,104

.11
42 Little Elm

32,701

3,495

.11
43 Sachse

22,026

1,605

.07
44 Wylie

44,575

1,531

.03

  Neither Southlake nor Balch Springs, however, can compete with the traffic-ticket purgatory that is Northlake. It has a population of just 1,880 and scarcely has a police department but still managed to write 7,618 tickets -- 4.05 tickets for every single person in town. No doubt it helps to straddle I-35 about midway between Dallas and Denton.

City

Population (2013)

Traffic tickets

Tickets per capita
1 Northlake

1,880

7,618

4.05
2 Dalworthington Gardens

2,336

5,504

2.36
3 Haslet

1,641

3,802

2.32
4 Pantego

2,480

5,239

2.11
5 Krugerville

1,637

3,245

1.98
6 Cockrell Hill

4,288

7,479

1.74
7 Westworth Village

2,253

3,448

1.53
8 Roanoke

6,646

7,819

1.18
9 Highland Park

8,862

9,612

1.08
10 Sunnyvale

5,651

5,313

.94
11 Lake Worth

4,700

4,378

.93
12 River Oaks

7,619

6,383

.84
13 Forest Hill

12,700

10,411

.82
14 Blue Mound

2,464

1,992

.81
15 Van Alstyne

3,096

2,385

.77
16 Copper Canyon

1,393

1,029

.74
17 Lake Dallas

7,337

5,171

.70
18 Aubrey

2,718

1,558

.57
19 Hutchins

5,396

2,935

.54
20 Melissa

6,112

3,222

.53
21 Lakeside

1,364

715

.52
22 Double Oak

2,995

1,552

.52
23 Lavon

2,422

1,090

.45
24 Fairview

8,148

3,483

.43
25 Princeton

7,732

3,271

.42
26 Farmersville

3,395

1,273

.37
27 Argyle

3,561

1,232

.31
28 Crowley

14,102

4,342

.31
29 Richland Hills

7,995

2,134

.27
30 Josephine

1,000

263

.26
31 Bartonville

1,633

386

.24
32 Edgecliff Village

2,939

684

.23
33 Royse City

10,275

2,298

.22
34 Justin

3,333

707

.21
35 Westover Hills

709

149

.21
36 Pilot Point

4,006

754

.19
37 Krum

4,632

867

.19
38 Oak Point

3,055

543

.18
39 Kennedale

7,236

1,254

.17
40 Prosper

12,943

1,872

.14
41 Celina

6,744

944

.14
42 Sanger

7,415

945

.13
43 Glenn Heights

11,763

1,304

.11
44 Everman

6,269

664

.11
45 Trophy Club

10,459

1,020

.10
46 Parker

4,063

363

.09
47 Shady Shores

2,758

185

.07
48 Ponder

1,458

84

.06
49 Anna

9,515

516

.05
50 Combine

2,011

86

.04
51 Lucas

6,180

23

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