Second Arizona Jurisdiction Rejects Speed Camera Tickets

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second arizona jurisdiction rejects speed camera tickets

Another Arizona jurisdiction has joined Pinal County in refusing to accept photo radar ticketing. In December, Arrowhead Justice Court Judge John C. Keegan issued an order declaring the state’s freeway photo radar program unconstitutional. Since then, Judge Keegan has torn up at least 400 state-issued tickets, ruling them invalid for carrying penalties that differ from tickets issued by a “live” police officer.

“The clear meaning of these provisions of the Arizona and United States constitutions is that it is unconstitutional to create one set of laws that applies only to a particular class of defendant and not to other defendants based solely on the mechanism employed by the government,” Keegan ruled.

“Given the not uncommon set of circumstances where two drivers are traveling on the same highway, at the same speed in excess of the speed limit, at the same time, in essentially the same location and are cited by the same agency into the same court, [the freeway photo radar statute] ARS 41-1722 creates a distinction whereby one class of defendant is subjected to a significantly different array of penalties than another class of defendant based solely on the use of photo enforcement.”

Keegan is an elected justice of the peace for Maricopa County. His court has jurisdiction over north Glendale, Peoria, Sun City and Surprise. Any driver contesting a freeway speed camera ticket within this jurisdiction will have the $181 fine automatically dismissed.

“It is the determination of this court that the provisions of ARS 41-1722 are unconstitutional and unenforceable within the jurisdiction of this court,” Keegan concluded.‘s Tucson affiliate praised Keegan for taking a stand.

“Finally, a judge with common sense who follows the Constitution,” wrote CameraFraud Tucson organizer Bill Conley.

[View the full text of the court order here.]

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  • Chaparral Chaparral on Jan 30, 2009

    USMC4Hire - Those are the remedies in Britain. The cost of precision optics vs that of rifle bullets may make continued operation uneconomical.

  • Usmc4hire Usmc4hire on Jan 30, 2009

    chaparral- And I'm sure that they would work just as well here. Credit goes to Top Gear. The tire and bed sheet combo happened here in AZ last month. I would love to shake that guys hand (even though I paid for the camera). FYI: Not all the cameras are in vans like in the picture above (which just had a DUI operator a few months ago, in the camera van). The ones on freeways and traffic lights are in boxes. There are even 2 that look like a cactus.

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