Photo Radar Fraud

As photo radar becomes more popular, violators are coming up with ways to beat it. If you get caught speeding or running a red light by photo radar, the evidence against you, a photo or videotape of the violation, is pretty apparent. But there is at least one legal strategy available. Arizona law requires that you get your traffic citation from a police officer or a process server. Since the tickets mailed to violators don't meet that legal standard, you have the option of tossing the citation in the garbage. If you do that, however, police officers or the company that runs the cameras can then send a cop or a process server to deliver the summons. In Scottsdale, AZ it adds $26 to your fine. Here's the trick: The city has only 120 days to serve you, so if you can dodge the process server for about four months, the ticket is dismissed. You can also make it harder for authorities to find you by listing a post-office box as your address on your car's registration. That will require police or the company to do a little extra work to hunt down your address.

Additional Photo Radar Info

Several counties have spent billions installing these camera devices, but why?
Several studies show that these cameras not only increase accidents but don't reduce the number speeders / red light runners. There are several different ways to reduce these violations that don't include a set of 15 million dollar cameras... They aren't even real tickets... you don't have to pay them and they are dropped after 120 days of violation... Several schools around the U.S. are struggling to get by, dropping programs, losing credibility, and we are spending money on these ridiculous cameras.

cooperhill cooperhill
18-21, M
1 Response Feb 28, 2009

Many states don't allow people to use a PO Box for registration or on your ID/License.

I wonder what happens if say you were caught on photo radar and they mailed the ticket to an undeliverable address? Meaning you moved and left no forwarding address.

Can they go to court anyway without you being served and take monies out of your accounts or income tax refund?

I know someone who may have had this problem in Illinois but they were in the process of moving from one state to another and any mail would be undeliverable (they didn't put in a forwarding address when they left)