Riesel, Texas Speed Traps
This is more than just a speed trap. It is simply a revenue source for this worthless town. I got a ticket for no trailer lights on an unloaded flat bed trailer in broad daylight with the lights on the tow vehicle clearly visible. For this technical violation they charge the outrageous amount of $295! They are simply there to generate revenue. I will never spend a dime in this dump and will avoid it at all costs. I advise everyone to avoid this place at all times.
Police Chief Danny Krumnow added me to his long list of fundraisers for the city of Riesel. Driving northbound on cruise at 69, the is a 55mph sign in what appears to be open country–it is easy to miss. Almost immediately, you top the hill and see a small town with a 45mph sign. I shut my car down well below the 45mph and thought I was fine. Turns out, Krumnow was shooting the top of the hill with his laser. The distance between all 3 signs (70, 55, 45) require that you completely get off the accelerator (or in the case of the 45mph, that you hit the brake!). Don’t know if the chief of police is always there, or if he was just taking advantage of the many people that were bring their children to move-in day at the major university up the road. My ticket was for 69 in a 55mph zone–my mistake because I was so sure that the speed limit was 70, that I admitted to going 69!)
Amazing. I had not had a ticket in nearly 15 years of driving 25,000 miles per year until driving from College Station to Waco and hit Riesel, a town I had never even heard of. After getting the ticket and arriving in Waco for a meeting with a Judge and two other lawyers, I asked them about Riesel and they shook their heads and said Riesel is an embarrassment to McLennan County.
Speed drops from 70 to 30 in a very short space. Cop is sitting in yard behind the lower speed limit sign. You can’t slow down in enough time to avoid the ticket. I know this is fact. Because I drove through Riesel for years to service the phone company generator. Use the bypass around town.
The Police Chief, head of the two man police department, sits in his cruiser just off Texas Hwy 6 with radar aimed at northbound traffic. The speed limits drops from 70 mph to 60 mph at the beginning of this berg, where the highway divides and then apparently drops to 45 mph, all within 1/2 mile. At the north end of town the speed limit increases to 55 mph and then 70 mph. Riesel is just a wide spot in the highway. I was ticketed for doing 64 mph in a 45 mph zone, right after entering the town. This is my first ticket in 19 years, since I was 25. I’ve never been in an at fault accident either and always drive within 5 mph of the posted limits. I had just left Douglass Nissan in College Station Texas, where we had driven from Rogers, Arkansas to pick up my wife’s new Nissan Murano. The Chief wasn’t interested in my driving record or that I was driving a brand new car that I was unfamiliar with or that I had come from Arkansas, 600 miles away. Indeed, he knew because of that, I would not come back to contest the ticket and my $234.00 fine would pay his salary for the week.