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Top 5 Ways To Get Pulled Over by the Cops

Top 5 Ways To Get Pulled Over by the Cops


It’s easier to get pulled over than you think. All you need to do is commit one of the five violations we’ve listed below. For even faster results, try combining two infractions at once. Many drivers find this very effective.

Actually, the real reason for this list is to stop you from being pulled over by the police. By seeing driving behavior from the traffic cop’s point of view, you can avoid encounters with the law. A little extra awareness could help you keep points off your driving record and keep down the cost of your car insurance.

Three police agencies and two independent traffic experts loaned their expertise for this list of the most common traffic stops. There were some minor variations in opinion, depending on the police agency. But this list shows you the things to watch out for if you want to avoid unwanted contact with the boys (and girls) in blue.

1. Speeding. This was on everyone’s list, and the reason is simple. The faster you go, the longer it takes to react to an unexpected situation, whether it’s a pedestrian stepping into the street or another car making an unexpected lane change, says Detective William Bustos, officer in charge of the Los Angeles Police Department’s traffic detectives. Braking distances also increase as speed builds, and it takes about 120 feet for a vehicle to stop when it’s traveling 60 mph. Speeding is common in Bustos’ jurisdiction, the San Fernando Valley, which has 230 square miles of mostly wide, straight streets. As recently as the early 2000s, the area attracted frequent street races that played like scenes out of The Fast and the Furious and its sequels.

People are driving faster than they did in the past, particularly on the freeways in the busy area of south Los Angeles, notes Edward McElroy, a California Highway Patrol officer. “People seem impatient; their commutes are longer than ever before,” McElroy says. CHP officers write tickets, particularly for speeding, in an attempt to control the “mileage death rate” — the number of people who die per freeway mile. That’s a sobering thought.

Alex Carroll, author of Beat the Cops, which has sold more than 250,000 copies, offers an opinion on how far over the speed limit a driver can go without being pulled over: 5-7 mph “easy,” he says. The officers interviewed for this story confirmed that there’s a “buffer,” but added that the decision to cut a speeder some slack is up to the officer’s discretion.

2. Illegal cell phone use. Distracted driving, usually because of texting or talking on a mobile phone, is high on the list of ticket bait developed by our experts. Although just a few states ban all cell phone use in cars, more than 30 have banned texting behind the wheel. “People think, ‘I’ll just make a quick call,’ or ‘This text will only take a second,'” Bustos says. “But you have to drive as if your life depended on it — because it does.”

Sgt. Jeff Wiles, who heads the Santa Monica Police Department’s traffic division and patrols the city on a BMW motorcycle, says illegal cell phone use is common — and responsible for a lot of trouble. “The really horrific stories about texting make the news,” he says, “But we see accidents and even just fender-benders from it every day.”

3. Hazardous driving. This is a catch-all category for common violations that each of our experts noted. Wiles ticks off his favorites without hesitation: stop sign and stoplight violations, improper lane changes, illegal U-turns, failures to yield and unsafe speeds. CHP officer McElroy says he sees people who apparently have forgotten they’re driving cars: They’re busy shaving, eating and even changing clothes. And what exactly is the violation you’re committing when you’re changing clothes in a car? “Unsafe speed,” he says. “There is no safe speed for pulling a shirt off over your head while driving.”

4. Equipment violations. Everyone knows the movie scene where a cop smashes a taillight to justify a traffic stop. But in real life, there’s little need for that, our experts say. People commit a multitude of code violations all on their own. Leading the list are heavily tinted windows, burned-out headlights, broken windshields, expired tags, the lack of a front license plate (in California and some other states) and loud exhaust modifications.

5. Following too closely and improper lane changes. This one was a tie. Both of these violations are forms of hazardous driving that our police sources specifically called out. McElroy says that on the freeways of Los Angeles, following too closely can easily cause accidents by shortening a driver’s reaction time. Combine that with cell phone use or texting and it is a recipe for disaster, he says.

An improper lane change means cutting someone off or changing lanes without looking first, Bustos says. Failure to signal can also be added to this ticket, he says, but it usually doesn’t initiate the traffic stop — partly because the failure to signal is so common.

A Traffic Cop Critic’s List
Police officers aren’t the only ones keeping track of what gets drivers in trouble. Gary Biller, executive director of the National Motorists Association, which is often critical of law enforcement’s handling of traffic stops, listed some attention-getting moves that the police experts didn’t mention, including:

  • Cruising in the left lane of a multilane highway instead of using it only to pass slower traffic on the right
  • Driving more slowly than the normal traffic flow
  • Peeling out from a stoplight or stop sign, and squealing tires in general
  • Drag racing
  • Racking up lots of unpaid parking or traffic violations

These are things that make your car stand out and catch an officer’s eye. Biller adds that plastering the back of your car with offensive bumper stickers and decals will definitely draw unwelcome attention. Carroll agrees that this will increase the chances of a traffic stop, and adds, “This is particularly so if your sticker conflicts with the cop’s views or is a rival of his favorite sports team.”

Watch Your Mouth
Traffic stops often have a tipping point. Because officers have legal discretion in what they can cite you for, saying or doing the wrong thing can compound your problems. Carroll says that a traffic cop might add extra violations if the motorist is belligerent. Act like a jerk and Carroll says, “They’ll write you up for everything else they can.”

Say that a police officer uses this time-honored opening line: “Do you know why I stopped you?” Take a minute before you answer, Carroll says. If you admit guilt or name a specific speed that you were driving, your fate is sealed. Instead, respond courteously but remain vague, he advises. However, “If you have clearly done something wrong, and you sit there and you’re evasive with the cops, it’s not necessarily in your best interest,” he says.

If you plan on contesting the ticket in court it’s really better to say very little. The officer is expected to have a clear recollection of the traffic stop.

A lot of traffic-ticket gotchas — and serious accidents — begin with a frustrated, impatient driver. If you really don’t want a ticket, try chilling out. Santa Monica officer Jeff Wiles offers this advice: “Put on a relaxing radio station or CD and be patient, because traffic is bad and there will be delays.”






5 Most Common Traffic Tickets in Texas

5 Most Common Traffic Tickets in Texas


Have you seen those red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror lately? If you want to keep your record clean, it’s good to know what cops are looking out for on the roads in Texas.

A recent article on PopularMechanics.com by Phil Berg gave some interesting insight into why you might get pulled over in Texas. In “Confessions of a Traffic Cop,” Berg interviewed retired police officer Mike Bukus, who shed some light on some of the most common traffic violations. We took Berg’s suggestions as well as our own observations of safe driving techniques and created this hit list of the 5 most common traffic tickets in Texas.

Speeding is the most common moving violation in the country, with approximately 100,000 drivers receiving speeding tickets per day. According to the National Safety Council, it is the cause of one in three accidents in the U.S. So it’s no wonder cops nationwide put speeding at the top of their target ticketing list.

With speed limit signs posted everywhere from highways to residential streets, it’s also the most obvious one for us to avoid. The National Motorists Association, a driver advocacy group, has put Texas as one of the top 5 states where you’re most likely to get a speeding ticket. Keep this in mind when you feel your foot getting heavy on the accelerator.

Seatbelts and Child Car Seats: In Texas, everyone inside your vehicle needs to be belted in. Until recently, passengers in the back seat were exempt, but Sec. 545.413 of the Texas Occupant Restraint Law was amended to include all passengers in all seats. So those back seat drivers had better be wearing their seatbelts!

In addition, children eight and younger must be secured in a federally-approved restraint seat, unless the child is at least four feet, nine inches in height. With heightened efforts put into their “Click it or Ticket” public safety campaign, you can be sure Texas cops are on the lookout for seat belt violations.

Cell Phones: If you drive in Texas, you could be facing a wide range of laws restricting cell phone use. Approximately 25 Texas cities have adopted an ordinance banning texting while driving. In addition, some areas have restrictions on the use of hand-held cell phones or other electronic devices. And, in November of last year, Texas House Bill 63 was introduced by Rep. Tom Craddick (Midland) to the state legislature, proposing a statewide ban on texting and driving.

No matter where in Texas you are, all drivers are banned from texting in school zones, and novice drivers are banned from hand-held cell phone use altogether. As this law is constantly evolving, your best bet to avoiding a ticket in Texas is to just put your phone down and keep your hands on the wheel.

Running a Red Light: Even if you don’t see a cop behind you, you could still get a ticket for running a red light in Texas. The Lone Star State is one of 24 in the union with red light cameras currently in use. Though controversial, the Texas Department of Transportation has outlined how red light cameras work on their FAQs page if you’re looking for more info.

Regardless of whether you’re spotted by a cop or the all-seeing eye of a camera, red light tickets can be annoying and costly.

 Driving Under the Influence: We all know impaired driving is illegal, even deadly; yet across the U.S., one person is killed every 51 minutes in an alcohol-related accident. And according to the Texas Department of Transportation: “In 2011, there were 1,039 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol.”

In case you aren’t aware, the national legal blood alcohol limit for drivers is .08%. In the state of Texas, your driver’s license implies consent to a breath or blood alcohol test. If you’re stopped on suspicion of DUI and you refuse the request for a test, your driver license will be suspended on the spot for 180 days. It’s also worth mentioning that your first DUI offense in Texas can cost you $2,000, at least 90 days license suspension, and minimum of 3 days in jail.

These are just a few of the most common ways you could get a ticket in Texas. If you want to brush up on traffic laws, try signing up for an online Texas defensive driving course—it’s a great way to ensure you’re safe and confident behind the wheel.






Red Light Running

Red Light Running


Study provides more evidence that cameras reduce red light running;
decrease is biggest for most dangerous violations well into red cycle


ARLINGTON, Va. — In the latest study confirming the benefits of red light cameras, researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that red light running rates declined at Arlington, Va., intersections equipped with cameras. The decreases were particularly large for the most dangerous violations, those happening 1½ seconds or longer after the light turned red.

“This study provides fresh evidence that automated enforcement can get drivers to modify their behavior,” says Anne McCartt, senior vice president for research at IIHS and the study’s lead author.

The number of U.S. communities using red light cameras has grown to about 540 as study after study shows that the devices improve safety. A 2011 IIHS study of large cities with longstanding red light cameras found that cameras reduced the fatal red light running crash rate by 24 percent and the rate of all types of fatal crashes at signalized intersections by 17 percent.

In Arlington, cameras were installed at four heavily traveled intersections in June 2010. Each intersection got one camera covering a single approach. Following a 30-day warning period, the county began issuing citations carrying $50 fines for violations caught on camera. A press release was issued when the cameras were turned on and then another when ticketing began. Signs were installed at the camera-enforced approaches, but nowhere else. In contrast, some jurisdictions place signs at their borders or on streets throughout the community.

To calculate how the cameras affected violation rates, researchers at the Institute, which is located in Arlington, videotaped traffic during the warning period, a month after ticketing began and again after a year. In addition to the four camera-enforced intersections, videotaping was done at four other intersections in Arlington — two on the same corridors where cameras were located and two elsewhere — to see if there was any spillover effect from the cameras. Four control intersections in neighboring Fairfax County, which does not have a camera program, also were observed.

One year after the start of ticketing, the odds of a red light running violation at the camera locations went down. Violations occurring at least 0.5 seconds after the light turned red were 39 percent less likely than would have been expected without cameras. Violations occurring at least 1 second after were 48 percent less likely, and the odds of a violation occurring at least 1.5 seconds into the red phase fell 86 percent.

Percent difference in odds of red light
violations at intersections with cameras
vs. expected odds without cameras

Percent difference in odds of red light violations at intersections with cameras vs. expected odds without cameras

“What these numbers show is that those violations most likely to lead to a crash are reduced the most,” McCartt says. “The longer the light has been red when a violator enters an intersection, the more likely the driver is to encounter a vehicle traveling in another direction or a pedestrian.”

At the two noncamera sites on camera corridors, the odds of violations also were lower than would have been expected without the camera program. As with the camera intersections, the further into the red phrase, the bigger the effect. However, these results were smaller than at the camera intersections and not always statistically significant. At the two other noncamera sites in Arlington, the odds of violations increased.

The lack of a broad spillover effect isn’t surprising, given the modest scope of the program and accompanying publicity.

“Given the small number of cameras and signs, it’s likely that many Arlington drivers didn’t even know about the enforcement, while those who were aware probably knew the cameras were limited to a few locations,” McCartt says.

That could soon change. The county’s fiscal 2013 budget contains funds for additional cameras.

“We would expect a broader effect to emerge after the program’s expansion into other parts of Arlington,” McCartt notes.






Deadline nears for biggest toll cheats on the Atlantic City Expressway

Deadline nears for biggest toll cheats on the Atlantic City Expressway


Time is closing in on drivers who have consistently evaded tolls on the Atlantic City Expressway.

The South Jersey Transportation Authority recently sent letters to nearly 147 individuals and companies who owe at least $200 in unpaid tolls, reminding the motorists that they have days left to pay up or face losing their vehicle registrations.

Plans were announced last year for SJTA to partner with the state Motor Vehicle Commission on in an initiative to suspend the registrations of the most egregious toll offenders if they don’t satisfy their bills.

Those offenders were first warned in August. If they don’t soon make payment or make arrangements to meet with SJTA to mediate the outstanding balance by Feb. 7, their registrations will be suspended, SJTA spokesman Kevin Rehmann said.

“These people are long overdue paying these tolls,” Rehmann said. “The letters have been sent, and that gives them the opportunity to resolve the issue before the suspension takes place.”

The program is intended to help the agency recover at least some of its lost revenue. A review of toll offenders by The Press of Atlantic City last year found that the authority had been gypped out of more than $123,000 by high-frequency offenders in less than two and a half years.

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has also adopted the more aggressive approach, last year targeting offenders with $1,000 in toll violations on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway. In less than a year, the authority received payments or arranged payments with 37 percent of the offenders for a total of $154,000.

The threshold for NJTA’s offenders is higher because its highways have more tolls and more travelers. Still, the missed revenue for SJTA is not insignificant. While those targeted in SJTA’s program owe at least $200 in tolls, once administrative fees are calculated into the mix, the final bills total thousands in some cases.

With fees, the authority is owed $1.15 million from the nearly 150 offenders.

Still, that doesn’t mean that SJTA will recover that full amount. The most recent letters sent by the authority tell the offenders to make payment or schedule a mediation session with authority officials to discuss what’s owed.

“If someone owes $1,200 and they come in and say they can’t pay it, they might agree on $1,000,” Rehmann said. “They can also set up a payment plan, but if they default on a payment after that, whatever deal was set up is off.”

SJTA currently has meetings set up with offenders through Jan. 31.

Motorists can also dispute the charges entirely by requesting a formal hearing through the state Motor Vehicle Commission.

The new program will not catch all of the roadway’s major offenders. The state has the authority to suspend registrations of New Jersey drivers only. A review of the expressway’s top offenders last year showed that two of the top 10 violators are from out of state.



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National road safety report shows Texas lacks key laws

National road safety report shows Texas lacks key laws


Texas ranks among the worst states for passing highway safety laws, according to an annual report released Tuesday.

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety released the “Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws” grading all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their performance based on 15 basic traffic safety laws. Texas – the first state to pass an 85-mile-per-hour speed limit last year – joined about a dozen states in the bottom tier.

Texas has 80,000 miles of state-run roadways, and the last day there wasn’t a fatality on Texas roads was Nov. 7, 2000, according to t16he Texas Department of Transportation. State lawmakers, however, have been slow to adopt some of the measures the national safety group sees as steps to improve road safety and reduce deaths.

“We know what works to reduce and eventually eliminate drunk driving from our roads,” said Jan Withers, president of the national Mothers Against Drunk Driving. “We now call on state legislatures across the country to do their part.”

The U.S. has recently seen the largest jump in traffic fatalities since 1975, a 7 percent increase in crash deaths during the first nine months of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.

The report focuses on a new federal incentive grant program that encourages states to enact teen driver licensing laws, ignition interlock laws, distracted driving laws and occupant protection laws. Among the 15 highway safety laws evaluated by the group are seat belt, booster seat and motorcycle helmet measures, in addition to restrictions and requirements for teen drivers, texting bans and tougher impaired driving laws. Texas did not have eight of the 15 recommended laws.

The report found that an additional 316 new laws need to be adopted in all states to meet the recommendations, including 15 states still needing a law banning all drivers from texting.

Last year, Alabama, Idaho and West Virginia passed an all-driver texting bans, joining the majority of states that have passed such laws. (Some states have laws prohibiting drivers from using cell phones in certain areas like school zones.)

State Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, re-filed a texting ban bill for the 2013 legislative session. In 2011, Gov. Rick Perry made an unprecedented move of vetoing a texting ban passed during the legislative session, drawing criticism at the time from national highway safety groups.

Bob Kaufman, a Texas Department of Transportation spokesman, responded to the report, saying that TXDOT uses awareness campaigns to prioritize safety, such as the “Click It or Ticket” and “Move Over” campaigns. He said the campaign has led to seat belt use increasing from 75 percent to 94 percent in the past 11 years.

He also said awareness campaigns have improved behavior in the areas of drunken driving, motorcycle safety and proper child passenger.

“Important to remember, drivers hold the key to driving safely,” Kaufman said. “We encourage drivers to adhere to some basic safe driving tips: pay attention, buckle seat belts, put the phone away, never drink and drive, obey all traffic laws and drive to conditions.”







Houston & Harris County Defensive Driving

Houston & Harris County Defensive Driving


Houston drivers are encouraged to complete a TX Approved Traffic Safety Course at least every three years. Our official TX Defensive Driving Website provides Harris County drivers with everything they need to become a better driver, dismiss a traffic ticket and earn up to a 10% insurance discount. Regardless of age, our Harris defensive driving courses can be completed by most licensed drivers who meet very basic qualifications. We are committed to making drivers in the County of Harris better drivers, including Baytown, Bellaire, Bunker Hill, Deer Park, El Lago, Galena Park, Hedwig Village, Hilshire Village, Houston – Lubbock, Westside, Clear Lake, Kingwood, North Command Station, Southeast, Humble, Hunters Creek, Jacinto City, Jersey Village, Katy, La Porte, Morgan’s Point, Nassau Bay, Pasadena, Piney Point, Seabrook, Shoreacres, South Houston, Southside, Spring Valley Village, Taylor Lake, Tomball, Webster and West University Place.

Have questions about Harris County DPS office locations, need directions to the Harris County Traffic Court, or require more information about Harris County Gov. recourses? We have done our best to deliver to you helpful resources and information to get your questions answered by bringing you links to your Official Harris County Website and your local Harris County TX DPS Website.

If you are pulled over in Harris Texas for a traffic violation, a Harris Texas law enforcement officer will likely issue you a citation. On your citation you will find contact information for the Harris Texas court overseeing your traffic violation. Whether you would like to protest the violation in court or simply pay your fine, you must contact the Harris Texas court and disclose your decision within ten day of being issued your citation, or risk heavier fines and other penalties. Should you choose to simply pay the fine, the Harris Texas court will be able to tell you over the phone what payment methods you can use, as each Texas county differs with regard to credit cards, cash and other forms of accepted payment. In some case, if your violation is severe or you are under the age of 18, the Harris Texas court may inform you that your appearance in court is required. In that event, your court date will likely be on the citation. If not, ask the court when you phone in.

Thankfully, the Texas Education Agency allows Harris County drivers to attend a driver safety program, including online defensive driving programs such as those offered by 1SafeDriver.com, in order to have as much as one ticker per year removed from their Texas Department of Public Safety driving record. In order to receive this beneficial treatment, you must obtain permission from the Harris Texas court overseeing your violation. The Harris Texas court’s approval will depend on factors such as the amount of tickets already on your driving record and the number of times you have already attended driver safety school or participated in a defensive driving program. If it appears you have not learned enough from traffic school to be a safe driver after several times, a Harris Texas court may deprive you of another opportunity. Further, if your offense is of an extreme nature, such as leaving the scene of an accident, a court will likely not grant you this privilege.

If you are given such an opportunity, however, a Harris Texas online defensive driving program will remove the underlying offense from your Texas driving record, not only preventing you from accumulating points that could result in your license being suspended, but also preventing possible redundant conviction surcharges and the costs of getting your driving privileges reinstated.

If you are found guilty or plead guilty to a traffic violation, including if you simply pay the fine, you are likely to receive points against your Texas driving record based on the Texas Responsibility Program. While some violation, such as speeding by less than ten percent of the posted speed limit, are exempt from point accumulation, nearly all other violations follow a simple formula. If you have incurred a traffic citation for a violation, the Texas Department of Public Safety will assess two points against your driving record. If your violation has resulted in an accident, three points are attached to your Texas driver record. These points will also be attached if you obtain a citation in another state that would have resulted in points being placed on your record had it been received in Texas.

In addition, if your violation is for driving under the influence, failing to obtain proper insurance driving without a proper license, you are likely to be subject to annual fines, called, “Conviction Based Surcharges,” for each of the three years the offense remains on your driving record. Thus, if you are pulled over and are found to be driving without insurance, you will be fined three times for the single offense, in addition to points being assessed against your Texas driving record.

Suspension of Texas Driving Privileges

Once you have amassed six points on your record within a three year timeframe, the Texas Department of Public Safety will suspend your Texas driving privileges. Even if you have managed to avoid the point accumulation but have obtained four traffic violations in a year, or seven in two years, your Texas driving privileges will also be suspended. if you are a juvenile driver under the age of 18, just two traffic violations in one year will result in a temporary suspension of your Texas driving privileges. Again, these violations will include any citations you received outside the state. In addition to the costs of living without your driving privileges, the court fees and possible Conviction Based Surcharged that go along with certain traffic citations on your Texas driver record, you are likely to incur significant fines associated with getting your license reinstated. It is in your best interest and the best interests of your pocketbook that you avoid accumulating traffic violations on your Texas driver record.

Harris County Court Locations

Baytown Municipal Court
3120 N. Main St.
Baytown, TX 77521
Bellaire Municipal Court
5110 Jessamine St.
Bellaire, TX 77401
Bunker Hill Municipal Court
11977 Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77024
Deer Park Municipal Court
1302 Center St.
Deer Park, TX 77536
El Lago Municipal Court
98 Lakeshore Dr.
El Lago, TX 77586
Galena Park Municipal Court
P.O. Box 46
Galena Park, TX 77547
Hedwig Village Municipal Court
955 Piney Point Rd.
Houston, TX 77024
Hilshire Village Municipal Court
1025 Campbell Rd.
Houston, TX 77055
Houston Municipal Court
1400 Lubbock St.
Houston, TX 77002
Houston Municipal Court

3203 S. Dairy Ashford Rd.
Houston, TX 77082
Houston Municipal Court
Clear Lake

2855 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX 77058
Houston Municipal Court

3915 Rustice Woods Dr.
Kingwood, TX 77339
Houston Municipal Court – North Command Station Acres Homes
9455 W. Montgomery Rd.
Houston, TX 77088
Houston Municipal Court

8300 Mykawa Rd.
Houston, TX 77048
Humble Municipal Court
315 Bender Ave.
Humble, TX 77338
Hunters Creek Village
Municipal Court

1 Hunters Creek Pl.
Houston, TX 77024
Jacinto City Municipal Court
10301 Market Street Rd.
Jacinto City, TX 77029
Jersey Village Municipal Court
16501 Jersey Dr.
Jersey Village, TX 77040
Katy Municipal Court
P.O. Box 617
Katy, TX 77492
La Porte Municipal Court
3005 N. 23 St.
La Porte, TX 77571
Morgan’s Point Municipal Court
1415 E. Main St.
Morgan’s Point, TX 77571
Nassau Bay Municipal Court
1800 Nasa Parkway
Nassau Bay, TX 77058
Pasadena Municipal Court
1001 Shaw Ave. #A
P.O. Box 1575
Pasadena, TX 77501
Piney Point Village Municipal Court
7676 Woodway Dr. #300
Piney Point Village, TX 77063
Seabrook Municipal Court
1700 1st. St.
Seabrook, TX 77586
Shoreacres Municipal Court
601 Shoreacres Blvd.
Shoreacres, TX 77571
South Houston Municipal Court
1019 Dallas St.
South Houston, TX 77587
Southside Place Municipal Court
6309 Edloe Ave.
Houston, TX 77005
Spring Valley Village
Municipal Court

1025 Campbell Rd.
Houston, TX 77055
Taylor Lake Village
Municipal Court

500 Kirby Blvd.
Taylor Lake Village, TX 77586
Tomball Municipal Court
401 Market St.
Tomball, TX 77375
Webster Municipal Court
101 Pennsylvania Ave.
Webster, TX 77598
West University Place
Municipal Court

3800 University Blvd.
West University Place, TX 77005
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 1 Place 1

Hon. Dale Gorczynski
7300 N. Sheperd Dr. Rm 138
Houston, TX 77091
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 1 Place 2

Hon. David Patronella
1302 Preston St.
Houston, TX 77002
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 2 Place 1

Hon. Jo Ann Delgado
10851 Scarsdale Blvd.
Houston, TX 77089
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 2 Place 2

Hon. George Risner
107 E. Shaw Ave.
Pasadena, TX 77506
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 3 Place 1

Hon. Mike Parrott
14350 Wallisville Rd. #102
Houston, TX 77049
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 3 Place 2

Hon. Don Coffey
701 W. Baker Rd.
Baytown, TX 77521
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 4 Place 1

Hon. J. Kent Adams
6831 Cypresswood Dr. #4
Spring, TX 77379
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 4 Place 2

Hon. Tom Lawrence
7900 Will Clayton Pkwy.
Humble, TX 77338
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 5 Place 1

Hon. Russ Ridgeway
6000 Chimney Rock #102
Houston, TX 77081
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 5 Place 2

Hon. Jeff Williams
16715 Clay Rd. #4
Houston, TX 77084
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 6 Place 1

Hon. Richard Vara
333 Lockwood St.
Houston, TX 77011
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 6 Place 2

Hon. Armando V. Rodriguez
1001 Macario Garcia Dr.
Houston, TX 77011
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 7 Place 1

Hon. Hilary H. Green
5737 Cullen Blvd.
Houston, TX 77021
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 7 Place 2

Hon. Zinetta Burney
5300 Griggs Rd.
Houston, TX 77021
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 8 Place 1

Hon. Holly Williamson
7330 Spencer Hwy.
Pasadena, TX 77505
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 8 Place 2

Hon. Louie Ditta
16603 Buccaneer Ln.
Houston, TX 77062

Harris County Justice of the Peace Online Services

Apply for Driver Safety Course

Defendants with eligible offenses may use this service to apply for
the Driving Safety Course or Motorcycle Operator Training Course dismissal and to pay the required court costs.
If you intend to apply for a Driving Safety Course or Motorcycle Operator Course, do NOT pay the traffic ticket. You will be asked to pay court costs as part of the application process. Do not take the course before you receive approval from the Court.



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source: Harris County Defensive Driving Information,Court Locations and Payment Links


Texas A & M Student Killed While Texting & Driving

Texas A & M Student Killed While Texting & Driving


A Texas A&M student is dead after Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers say she crashed her vehicle while texting and driving.

DPS says that at exactly 3:16AM Wednesday, Chandler Renee Small,19, of Montgomery County was traveling southbound at a high rate of speed on Highway 30 near the Walker/Grimes County line.

Soon upon entering Grimes County, DPS says Small failed to negotiate a turn because she was in the middle of texting on her phone.

Her vehicle left the roadway and hit a culvert.

The high rate of speed vaulted the vehicle, flipping it over onto its roof.

Small died instantly, according to DPS officials.

Another motorist found her and called law enforcement…which responded within a few minutes.

DPS says there was no way Small would have survived because of the extent of her injuries.





Bexar County Defensive Driving Information, Court Locations and Payment Links


Traveling With Children

Traveling With Children


Planning a getaway with your kids?  Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for all children. Protect your most precious cargo by following these easy travel tips:

Traveling by Car?

  • Involve your children early on when planning a road trip, which will help keep their interest during the trip.  Show them your route on a map and let them help decide places to stop including landmarks, hotels, and restaurants.
  • During your trip, give your children a map so they can see where you are and how far you have until you reach your destination.  This will help with the “are we there yet” question.
  • Keep children interested and involved in your road trip with a ready selection of cards, maps, family games, sing-along CDs and activity books — especially ones with references to your destination. This will help keep them occupied and create more interaction among family members.
  • As everyone knows, children can be a distraction in the car.  If there is another adult passenger, it is best to let them handle most of the interactions with the children.
  • When choosing activities for children in vehicle it is important to remember that loose items in the car can be thrown or become missiles in the event of a crash or sudden stop.  Be sure to secure loose items including DVD players, laptops, iPads, purses, CDs, umbrellas, holiday gifts, etc. in either the trunk, in a console or under a cargo net.  Only provide children with soft toys and games to play with in the car.
  • There are lots of helpful websites for parents with downloadable coloring pages, games, etc. such as www.SafeSeats4Kids.aaa.com.
  • Get proper rest.  Set aside time to pack your clothes, load your vehicle and get a full night’s sleep for you and your family so you can all set out fresh and rested.  According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drowsy drivers are a factor in nearly 17 percent of fatal crashes, with one in ten drivers admitting to falling asleep behind the wheel at least once this past year.
  • Buckle up, and make sure all passengers are secured properly with safety belts and age-appropriate child safety seats before you head out on your trip.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3 out of 4 safety seats are not installed correctly. Have a licensed child passenger safety technician inspect your child’s safety seat for proper installation.
  • Try to do most of your traveling during daylight hours, when visibility is best.  If you find yourself driving into the glare of a rising or setting sun, consider taking a break until lighting conditions improve.
  • When traveling by RV, make sure passengers buckle up in approved seating locations.






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Winter Travel

Winter Travel



TxDOT’s #1 priority is the safety of the traveling public. We use every resource available to keep the roads open and passable during winter storms. Hazardous weather can unexpectedly change from freezing ice to snow to fog in some areas of the state.

You can reduce your risk by simply practicing a few road safety habits. Avoid getting caught by surprise, plan ahead and be aware of alerts and advisories in your area. Winter road preparedness includes the following:

  • Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained.
  • Stay tuned to local news for road closures, changing conditions and weather alerts.
  • Check highway conditions at DriveTexas.

For additional road safety preparedness information and tips, download the TxDOT Safety Guide for Winter Travel.

Highway Road Conditions Hotline

Call (800) 452-9292 for current information.


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New App Allows Parents To Monitor

New App Allows Parents To Monitor


SpectorSoft Corporation, the leading provider of parental monitoring software, today announced the launch of their free safe-driving app detext. detext decreases the risk of teens being involved in injurious and fatal automobile crashes by reducing distractions caused by mobile phones, which include texts, emails, calls and Web browsing. To further help parents promote safe driving for their teens and to keep tabs on their driving habits, the app also provides email and text alerts about teen driving activities and features an online browser-based dashboard where parents can easily manage the app settings and access their teen’s location data.

More teens than ever have mobile phones and are driving while distracted by incoming calls from friends, never-ending text chains and Web browsing. detext helps teens establish safe habits by blocking access to these interruptions and gives parents peace of mind knowing that while behind the wheel their teens are focused on driving and not on their mobile phones.

“According to the Ad Council, 77 percent of young adult drivers are very or somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving. This is an alarming fact when you consider that statistics show 11 percent of deadly auto collisions involving teens are caused by distractions, which include mobile phone usage,” said Lisa Shaw, senior director of online child safety and protection at SpectorSoft and senior editor of ParentingTodaysKids.com. “Now that technology has made communication possible anywhere, at any time, teens face the new challenge of learning when and where to disconnect. detext acts as a lifesaving and learning tool, stopping them from engaging in dangerous driving activities and teaching them how to drive better and how to use their mobile devices responsibly.”

SpectorSoft’s detext App extends protection for teens when they need it most by automatically blocking distracting mobile communications when the cars they are driving reach a certain speed. Parents can adjust their teens’ detext settings to be as stringent or relaxed as necessary for such features as passenger mode, calls to and from designated “safe” phone numbers, and tracking speeding. detext also provides parents with alerts in real-time via email or text and a parental dashboard with an easy-to-use browser interface that lets them adjust app settings and view their teen’s historical and location data.