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Maricopa County weighing higher speed camera fees

Drivers who fail to take photo enforcement tickets seriously will eventually be paying higher fees under a move by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

The board wants to tack on a $20 fee on photo-enforcement citations issued by the state to cover some court costs.

The fee would apply to drivers who ignore citations and end up in court.

Caseloads in Maricopa County Justice Courts have increased by more than 60 percent since photo enforcement began.

Supervisors plan a public hearing on it next month.

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3 comments

  1. Dear Editor:

    Lets see if I get this right. If a driver contests a photo radar citation then the driver is charged an additional fee. However, if a driver does not contest the citation there is no additional fee.

    If the government needs more revenue why not expand this line of thinking to other matters. Why not assess an extra fee on property owners who appeal their property assessment. Assess a fee to a citizen who complains to the County board of supervisors. Assess a fee to anyone who has the nerve to defend themselves in our Courts.

    This not only increases revenues but also keeps people in line.

    Sincerely,
    Walter Dudley

  2. “Caseloads in Maricopa County Justice Courts have increased by more than 60 percent since photo enforcement began.”

    Uh huh… so… that’s the public’s fault? And we have to pay for it? I missed the vote on this one, I guess.

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