A Speeding Ticket By Mail? It Could Happen To You This Holiday Weekend

This is our most recent national press release. Feel free to forward it your friends who may be traveling this holiday weekend.

The Fourth of July is one of the busiest traffic days of the year and many motorists will be traveling to unfamiliar areas — often outside of their home state.  Local residents are usually well aware of the quirks of their community’s traffic laws, but unfortunately most out-of-state visitors don’t have that luxury.

While the majority of drivers are wary of increased holiday traffic enforcement patrols — and take measures to protect themselves from undeserved tickets — it may surprise even the most experienced drivers that some states are no longer relying solely on human officers to hand out the tickets.

Speed cameras, which take pictures of vehicles that exceed the speed limit and send tickets to the owners of those vehicles, have spread across the country and are now used in several states. Motorists who don’t live in areas with speed cameras are likely to be taken completely by surprise by these automated ticketing machines.

The National Motorists Association (www.motorists.org) strongly opposes the use of ticket cameras and has been an outspoken leader in the fight to ban them nationwide. Currently, fourteen states have decided to ban ticket cameras and the momentum is growing in other states as well.

It has become clear that many aspects of ticket camera programs in these states are unfair to motorists:

  • Most governments using speed cameras send out tickets via first class mail. However, there is no guarantee that the accused motorists will even receive the ticket, let alone understand it and know how to respond. Nevertheless, the government makes the assumption that the ticket was received. If motorists fail to pay, it is assumed that they did so on purpose, and a warrant may be issued for their arrest.
  • Typically, the photos taken by these cameras do not identify the actual driver of the offending vehicle. The owner of the vehicle is mailed the ticket, even if the owner was not driving the vehicle and may not know who was driving at the time. The owner of the vehicle is then forced to prove his or her innocence, often by identifying the actual driver who may be a family member, friend or employee.
  • Drivers may not receive citations until days or sometimes weeks after the alleged violation. This makes it very difficult to defend oneself because it would be hard to remember the circumstances surrounding the supposed violation.

Despite these critical flaws, and the lack of evidence showing that speed cameras have any effect on the safety of motorists, some states continue to insist on using them to pad their budgets.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there are 49 communities using these automated ticket machines. Drivers should be aware that the communities listed below have decided that cashing in on motorists is more important than protecting the rights of drivers:


Statewide (Arizona Department of Public Safety), Chandler, El Mirage, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Pinal County, Prescott Valley, Scottsdale, Star Valley, Tempe, Tucson


Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins

District of Columbia


Statewide (work zones)




Broussard, Gretna, Lafayette, Livingston Parish, New Orleans, Sulphur, Westwego, Zachary


Montgomery County



New Mexico

Albuquerque, Las Cruces


Akron, East Cleveland, Northwood, Parma, Toledo, West Carrollton


Beaverton, Medford, Portland


Chattanooga, Jackson, Jonesborough, Mount Carmel, Oak Ridge, Red Bank, Selmer


Bremerton, Burien, Issaquah, Monroe, Tacoma

Community List Source: IIHS May 2009

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14 Responses to “A Speeding Ticket By Mail? It Could Happen To You This Holiday Weekend”

  1. JJ says:

    This is why I have one of those blurry license plate covers.

  2. Randy says:

    JJ license plate covers are illegal in many if not all states.

  3. JJ says:

    So, I'm going to use it anyway.

  4. mark says:

    Chillicothe Ohio has 5 of these cameras now and there is 2 on bridge street which alot of people travel on

  5. me says:

    all here really need to get a escort 9500 IX , it has all the fixed Scamera location data points are GPS stored on an update able onboard memory . Don't leave home with out it …………………

  6. Pirate News says:

    These are the best tickets of all. Bring it on!

    Traffic scameras also make great target practice BY POLICE, according to the current trial of alleged Redflex sniper Clifford Clark: http://piratenews.org/kill-robocops.html

    "It is extremely easy to beat this type of ticket in court. Your easiest defense is to simply throw the ticket away. If it does not come with a return receipt that requires a signature, there is no proof that you actually got the ticket and they cannot prosecute you on that. What the legal system wants you to do is just send in the fine and not ask any questions. This can be a big money maker for some communities. One other form of defense to utilize on your behalf is the fact that when you are accused in court you must be faced by your accuser. Obviously the computer cannot appear in court as a defense method for the prosecution. Also, you do not have to identify yourself as the driver of the vehicle because it would violate your sixth amendment rights against self incrimination."
    -Norman G. Fernandez, attorney at law, and Jes Beard, attorney at law in Chattanooga, Tennessee, JesBeard.com, "How to Beat a Speeding Ticket – Photo RADAR" http://jesbeard.com/s11.htm

    How to Beat a Speeding Ticket – Free Ebook download by attorney Norman G. Fernandez http://www.bikerlawyer.net/how-to-beat-a-speeding

    • Randy says:

      Pitate News:
      First you are violating copywrite laws among other things on your site. You also have on your site the fact that at locations that have red light cameras the accident rate is down 24%. What idiot would not have cameras if the accident rate goes down that much?

    • Randy says:

      Sorry, since this is a spelling site it should have been copyright.

      I also forgot to mention that since you are against violating someone's rights and for breaking laws, why is it ok for you to break laws and violate others rights.

  7. me says:

    Randy if you had a clue you would know that all the data claiming they reduce crashes are cooked up data to support this dishonest industry . All their collected data throws out all the facts to the contrary to the point they are trying to make . An adult with any education real world & school related would know this , which I'm betting you have neither .

    And there are tons of REAL balanced data that shows that red light scameras increase crashes & deaths . Espesilly when you throw in the fact that the industry continues to get caught shortening yellows to increase revenue . So what clueless unread eating up cooked up scamera data idiot would support Scameras that cause crashes & kill people…………………………..

  8. southernboy says:

    Who are you Randy ?? someone that comes here just to chastize us and be contrary to anything that is written here ??? We get it you hate us and think we are all full of sh!t ….. I bet your too young to even have a drivers license from most of your writings . If you do for sure you have no real world driving experience to base your non-reality based opinions on . We get it , you think we are all clueless idiots for not agreeing with you .

    Now please GTF away ……….and bother someone else , some other group that maybe will agree with you . You will never find the possitive re-enforcement you are looking for here ………….

    NOW Please Randy , Go back and crawl under your rock Randy ………….don't come back out until you get a clue , LOL ;~)

  9. southernboy says:

    Another headline "Texas City Caught Trapping Drivers With Shortened Yellows" , this headline is from a story on theNewspaper.com .

    "The yellow time at this intersection was set at just 3.1 seconds, even though state guidelines indicate that the yellow should have lasted no less than 4 seconds."

    I guess Randy will call this one a made up story …………..

    • Randy says:

      southernboy if you would have checked more than the headlines you would have found that those times were before an red light cameras were installed but why would you let facts get in the way?

      Also go to UTube and watch the dozens of red light runners and crashes it caused. Make sure you do not let facts get in your way.

  10. Randy says:

    southernboy YOUR theNewspaper.com is the same place that takes a report that shows a 24 % decrease in accidents and death and turns it negative. That is the most worthless and factless site in the world and even bumps this site to second place.

    also southernboy get off the internet if you are going to tell lies and false statements just so you can justify breaking the laws of our country.

  11. doggpound says:

    You are an idiot, You don't know the circumstances surrounding any accidents. Every accident has individual probability based upon the conditions at that moment. maybe accident rate went down because a nearby interstate just opened and the flow of traffic has been detoured. Maybe the roads have been resurfaced providing better traction an control!!!You know and I know the "PURPOSE" of these cameras are not to reduce traffic accidents but to pad the locality pockets. YOU KNOW THIS! Sooner or later all of our rights will be violated by senseless precursors such as this by giving governments authority to punish without the burden of proof!! The violation fine say the registered owner of the vehicle is responsible to pay the fine regardless if they were driving or not. My constitutional rights should have greater weight then cooked up statistics. I am against this type totalitarian rule!! Your ass should move to North Korea!