Alright, it’s time to publicly fess up. No there is not a special list held by the governor’s office that you can get your name added to. It was our little version of an April Fool’s Day joke, which was called an “elaborate” hoax by that same office.
Some of our members even recorded conversations with Brewer’s staff:
Potentially anybody can beat the flawed system of photo ticketing. It’s not very difficult at all really. Here are the top ways to be exempt from photo radar or red light camera tickets.
1. Get elected – Politicians in AZ are all exempted from photo tickets. Their cases are dismissed under what’s called “Rule 4(i)”
2. Become a judge – Judge’s tickets are dismissed in the same manner as politicians – Rule 4(i)
3. Get a job with Redflex or ATS – Not surprisingly, their tickets are also automatically dismissed under, you guessed it.. Rule 4(i)
4. Get a private mail box – If you register your vehicle to a PMB, your tickets can never be served in person, making you exempt
5. Register your vehicle to someone or something else – Examples include a family member, spouse, business or trust
While hundreds people eagerly contacted Jan Brewer’s office in hopes of being added to that list of exempted people, the fact that anyone is exempted at all from any form of law enforcement should be raising a lot of red flags.
The United States and Arizona constitutions explicitly say that nobody is to be denied equal protection under the law. How is equal protection upheld by a system of law enforcement which exempts potentially anyone who simply changes their vehicle registration or has special privileges such as being an elected official, judge or employee of certain companies?
Photo ticketing also violates due process, right to a trial when the fine exceeds $20 and the right to confront your accuser in a court of law.
Legislation that would have banned photo ticketing or created a ballot proposition for a citizens’ vote were killed in the Arizona House of Representatives, largely because Speaker Kirk Adams refused to send SCR 1029 to committee. He’s responsible for killing it.
Since the governor’s office already heard from a huge block of our supporters, shouldn’t Kirk Adams as well?
As a closing thought, we’d like to thank our supporters for being there to take action during this current legislative season. This elaborate hoax was done with one goal in mind, which was to continue raising awareness of the gross negligence on the part of your elected officials in Arizona to do their job and uphold the constitution. There’s no better example of that than their unwillingness to get rid of the fraudulent system of photo ticketing.