Arizona Drops Speed Camera Points
New statewide Arizona freeway speed camera tickets will come without points.
In a severe blow to the insurance industry, the cash-strapped Arizona state legislature yesterday approved an expansive speed camera program designed to boost state revenue by dropping license points and eliminating costly legal challenges… Until now, Arizona had been one of a handful of states, including California, Colorado and Illinois, to issue points against the driver’s license of the owner of a car accused by a machine of speeding. Although motorists may prefer not having points on their license, the change to a civil citation is designed to reduce costs and court challenges. Instead of proving a case beyond a reasonable doubt, the state will only need to show that it was “likely” that a vehicle was speeding. The owner of the car would then be liable, regardless of whether he was actually driving.
No points is good. The rest is bullshit.
Operational costs are also reduced as extra cameras will no longer be needed to capture a driver’s face. Under civil rules, a snapshot of a license plate will suffice. That means the state will no longer lose tickets because, for example, sun glare obscured the driver’s face.
You mean flipping off every camera is no longer worthwhile? No – do it anyway
On the other side of the issue, insurance companies, including the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, have spent millions promoting the use of photo ticketing technology with the hope that all such programs would eventually issue points… Insurance lobbyists were disappointed by yesterday’s vote.
Fuck you, Allstate. It’s my money. A machine that makes intersections more dangerous is not going to tell you I am unsafe or give you a reason to ding me.
Arizona Appeals Court Says DUI Charge Requires Driving
Arizona Appeals Court rejects drunk driving conviction of a man who was not driving.
Recent court decisions across the country have upheld stiff sentences against those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), even when those individuals were either not in an automobile, or not driving at all. A New Jersey appellate court ruled last year, for example, that a man who tried to sleep off a night’s drinking in his truck should pay $4000 in DUI fines (view opinion). A three-judge panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals turned the other direction on Wednesday. It concluded that drivers should be encouraged, not discouraged, to pull over when impaired.