CBS19 Investigates spoke with Brownsboro Police Chief Thomas Robertson who said officers are just doing their jobs.
"We don't hide. We sit in plain sight. We're not out to trap anybody. We're just out to do our job,” Chief Robertson said.
He said Brownsboro is small, and there’s not much else for police to do other than traffic stops. Still, he denied any intent to catch drivers speeding.
CBS19 filed an open records request and found out more than 12,000 tickets have been issued on Highway 31 since 2013. The city’s population is 1,080, according to the most recent census
In 2017, 2,057 tickets were issued. In 2016, 2,795 tickets were issued. In 2015, 3,266 tickets were issued. In 2014, 2,795 tickets were issued. In 2013, 2,917 tickets were issued.
With thousands of tickets issued, CBS19 wanted to know how one small department is making that happen.
Chief Robertson said at any given time, there are only four officers on duty, including himself.
"We don't intentionally want to pull anyone over,” Robertson said. “My officers, they sit in different places. They don't just sit in one place."
CBS19 checked that, too. Looking at ticket records kept by the city, more than half of the tickets are given by officer Ivan Medina. He gave 60 percent of the tickets in 2017, which breaks down to 1,224 tickets.
While Chief Robertson said Highway 31 is not a speed trap, he does admit there are some issues.
Robertson reached out to the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) in 2010, requesting the spacing of speed signs be changed. He also requested a speed study be conducted.
"We actually passed an ordinance asking them to move the signs,” he said, agreeing the signs do cause problems for drivers, causing them to unintentionally speed.
CBS19 reached out to TXDOT to see if any changes were needed, and if a study was conducted.
"The way the result was, nothing was warranted. No changes to the speed limit were warranted. That was in 2010,” said Kathi White, TXDOT spokesperson.
White said the Brownsboro Police Department has not reached out again since 2010.