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About a decade ago I drove through southern Arizona. Red light, fixed and mobile speed cameras were a common sight. We will be driving through Arizona next week (first time in a decade). What’s the current state of those dang cameras? What do I need to be aware of? We will be traveling Hwy 40, to Flagstaff, to Sedona, To Maricopa.
 

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They're pretty much gone. Now, it's unmarked cars and hiding in plain sight. Do the speed limit (75 on I40), stay with the traffic flow and you won't have a problem. Blow a light and well, not something I'd ever advocate doing. Don't do the CA rolling stops either. A lot of people open/conceal carry here, so politeness is a positive trait.
 

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There are still some of the red light cameras around, but mostly in the Phoenix-metro area and are being maintained by the cities. The trigger for them is 11+mph over the speed limit. I know Sierra Vista and Tucson got rid of the red light cameras after it was put to the voters, but you're not coming this far south in the state. You shouldn't have to worry about those cameras much anymore.
 

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Chandler, Tempe, and Scottsdale have them big time so just don't run a red light or speed and you won't have an issue.
 

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There is one in particular in the next town over from me. I stop watched it from yellow on to red on after the camera went up. I compared that to another stop light with no camera at the next stop light up. The yellow time is shorter on the one with the camera so any time I'm approaching that light I slow way down and then when I get close enough I blast through it if it is still green when I reach my blast point. It won't be flashing me. I see that thing flashing people regularly though which means they will be receiving a letter and a photo in the mail shortly. The side street dead ends there so people going left have to go all the way across the 4 lane to turn. They get hit the most. The city set that up so that a private company runs it and does all the collections for them and takes out their cut for managing it.This,,,,,is Amerika.
 

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Was doing about 80+ in a crowd and got pulled over and was about livid how I could get picked out of that crowd with people passing me:mad:
Stopped for my overly dark tint- got a warning being out of state.

Asked the patrolman about the speed cameras, his response "some people actually send payment in!" Told me that speeding is a crime that must be witnessed and sworn to and served by an "officer", unlike red light cams that are a municipal fine akin to a parking ticket.
He said they use them against residents in other cases like a wreck, reckless driving or other speed charges the perp might try to get out of. The judge can disallow defensive driving adjudication so you pay in full for an officer given ticket if you've been caught on cam.
 

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There was a judge in the suburbs west of Phoenix that would automatically dismiss any speed camera citation that was sent to someone in the mail. His reasoning was that it was unfair to Arizona residents. The company who had the contract for the cameras would only send citations to Arizona registered cars because the contractors were not allowed to access out-of-state vehicle registration. The judge said everyone who violated the speed laws should be cited, and not just Arizona residents. Last I heard, he had dismissed several thousand of those citations.

I know of one person who did get a citation. She asked what to do with it, and I told her to throw it away. If she wanted to pay the fine, then she had to agree to and sign the statement that she would waive her right to be served by a law enforcement officer or an officer of the court. The courts had no way to prove that the violator had received the citation unless they went online to view the video with a special access code. If they did that, then it could be proved that the violator received the citation. Arizona law requires that a person be served by an LEO or court officer within 90 days of a suspected traffic violation.
 

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Wish me luck. Tomorrow I start my trek through Arizona. It should be a piece of cake. I'll be sure to let you know if I get tagged. Perhaps, I will be the slowest car in Arizona. I believe that was a true statement (slowest car) for my trip through Canada while it was raining... I slowed down, nobody else did.
 

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Just don't drive like a maniac, and you should be okay. When I'm in Arizona, I'm more concerned about the 18-wheelers who like to drive in the fast lane.
 

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In Arizona 18-wheelers can drive in whatever lane they want, unless told otherwise.
 

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We got rid of them in Pima County and Tucson.
 

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I was in Tempe and Scottsdale in the Summer of '92 at a record 127 Degrees there. I felt like I was on the sun... Even back in '92 Tempe and Scottsdale had Red Light cameras all over the place...

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Tony K.
 

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You'll see some creative modifications on license plates in AZ.
A new Arizona law now outlaws any covering of license plates, even clear ones. If people still have the smoked colored ones or the ones that are reflective it is only a matter of time before a patrol person stops them and gives them a ticket.
 

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Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. Spent eight days in Arizona and had no problems. It was nice to see the Interstate posted at 75. Made it easy to stay within the limit. A beautiful state with cheap fuel prices; compared to California prices.
 

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A new Arizona law now outlaws any covering of license plates, even clear ones. If people still have the smoked colored ones or the ones that are reflective it is only a matter of time before a patrol person stops them and gives them a ticket.
I was referring to the license plates themself. Sprayed, modified to reflect light oddly on characters, purposely weathered/scratched to have a C look like O, and much more.
 
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