Estelline, Texas Speed Traps
I was driving the 65 mph speed limit coming from the south. As soon as I saw the first drop in speed limit to 40 mph I slowed as fast as I could. As I approached what they call a town the officer was sitting under a private business canopy. I went past the officer going the speed limit and he came after me and wrote me a ticket anyway. I had Colorado plates which I am sure contributed to his desire to fine me.
The officer said I was doing 64 in a 50 mph speed zone. I know this to be false as I noted to my passenger that I needed to slow down to avoid a ticket. I did and proceeded through town at a legal speed. I was stopped after going through town.
This town is right after a bend in the highway where 287 crosses the Red River. The town is so small that you do not see it coming. The in town speed limit is 40, while 287 is 65. The speed limit decreases very qwickly. The town did put up double sized speed limit signs, but many are still caught. This was a town that used to make 90% of its revenue off speeding tickets and inspired a Texas law limiting the amount of income from speeding tickets to 70%.