Survey ranks cost of school zone fines in Houston area


Eighty police departments around the state were surveyed, including 15 in the Houston area, to find out the average cost of a traffic ticket for both speeding and using a cell phone in a school zone.

For cell phone use in school zones, the average fine in the Houston area is $221, according to the survey. Pearland averaged the highest cost citation at $327, which also matches the highest fine in the state.

Below is a list of the communities surveyed:

    Pearland $327
    La Porte $322
    Tomball $322
    Conroe $268
    Missouri City $227
    Shenandoah $222
    Bellaire $205
    Lake Jackson $205
    Rosenberg $202
    Houston $200
    Humble $200
    Sugar Land $196
    Baytown $170
    Galveston $125
    Texas City $120

As for speeding in school zones, the average cost of a ticket for drivers going more than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit was $209. Fines in Shenandoah were the highest, followed by Bellaire and Houston.

    Shenandoah $272
    Bellaire $250
    Houston $250
    Baytown $226
    Sugar Land $226
    Galveston $222
    Lake Jackson $220
    Humble $205
    Missouri City $204
    Conroe $201
    La Porte $201
    Pasadena $180
    Pearland $175
    Rosenberg $160
    Texas City $145

Just something to keep in mind as you see those school zone signs.

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