I’m the RoadGambler. I’m not the FlyingGambler, although I do a lot of flying. When possible, I like driving from casino to casino. Driving allows me time to think about my businesses and also conduct business via phone conference (hands-free and parked at a rest stop).
I drive through the midwest and south a lot. Last year, I bought a new gas efficient car and put about 80,000 miles on it.
One piece of advice that I’ve learned is that when I’m driving from town to town it’s best to stay on major freeways, even if the freeway route takes longer or is a farther route. The reason is that a lot of the little towns in the south have speed traps where roads go from 75 mph down to 35 in a very short span. And coincidentally or not, there’s sometimes a cop who is ready to pull over the driver.
I have a lot of respect for cops. I have family members who are cops and my father was a former police officer. But I’m not a fan of ticketing drivers for the sake of city coffers.
If you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning, you’ll know one of my favorite gambling destinations is Shreveport, LA.
I’ve been pulled over many times in these small towns. Usually, the cop just lets me go because I’m genuinely remorseful and I know what to say and do (I’ll cover that in a future post…I gotta create some suspense and anticipation).
I have business in Killeen, Texas and also business in Tyler, Texas. So I’m in Texas quite often.
To get from Killeen to Shreveport, GPS would tell you to take this route, which is the most direct route:
This route will take you through Tyler, Texas. For those who are skeptical that speed traps exist and that little towns raise revenue by issuing traffic violations (‘quotas are illegal’…blah blah blah), here is some hard data about Tyler, Texas: http://raycomgroup.worldnow.com/story/32169200/state-data-shows-tylers-9m-in-citation-revenue-exceeds-comparable-cities
TL;DR: Tyler citation revenue of $9,000,000 annually far exceeds comparable cities, such as Waco, College Station, and Wichita Falls. Simple as that.
Also, while the route above is the most direct and the shortest route, it’s usually the slowest route because there will be stretches where you are driving 35 mph and there will be a good chance that you will be pulled over for speeding. Despite the long drive time shown on the maps, take the I-35 route through Dallas. You will save time and money, in the long run.
If you are tempted to take the first route, you will encounter this…
All the above pics were within about a 2-mile distance (notice the consistency of the sky in all the pics). You will encounter the above scenario multiple times as you drive through small towns.
The gambler in me likes to talk about expected value and costs. Well, there’s the cost of an eventual speeding ticket that will ultimately make your drive more expensive, and the time wasted as you try to fight that ticket in a municipal court that is 300 miles from where you normally travel.
That’s why my advice is that if you want to go on a gambling trip and drive across America, stick to the main traffic arteries, if possible.
Next time I write about the issue of driving to your favorite gambling destination, I’ll help with some advice on how to get out of a speeding ticket. Let’s just say I have a background in such things.
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