In my very first trip into Phoenix, I was surprised once I got into the greater metropolitan area to have my care light up with a bright flash. I thought little of this strange occurance and assured myself that I’d imagined it. It was only a month later that I got a nice bit of mail stating that I owed $181 to the state of Arizona.
This put me in a rather bad mood and I decided to find out more information about these invasive little cameras that so rudely snapped my mugshot as I sped down the highway. I found out, to my joy, that there is an extremely easy way to get out of paying nearly $200 of my hard earned cash – simply ignore it.
It turns out that every American citizen has the right to be served. A cop does this when he pulls you over. He is accusing you of your crime, informing you of how badly you were speeding, and then sends you on your way. A camera cannot do this, and sending a piece of mail informing an individual of their violation is not equivalent to serving that individual. So if the state wants to get its dirty money, it has to send a person to your home or place of business (wherever they’ll find you really) and serve you with papers. At this point, there’s no way out of paying, but if you’re not served within 120 days, the ticket is dead.