How to Fight a Photo Ticket in Arizona


There are two types of photo enforcement systems in the state of Arizona: red-light cameras and speed cameras. With a red-light camera, a violation occurs when the vehicle drives into an intersection after the traffic light has turned red. The second type of photo camera is a mobile speed camera van. This unit is equipped with a RADAR system that notes if a vehicle is speeding. Knowing the proper laws can help an offender fight a photo ticket in Arizona.

Things You'll Need

  • Citation

Ways to Contest a Photo Ticket

  • The citation must be mailed from the issuing authority within 15 days of the offense in order for the defendant to prepare a proper defense. If not received in this time limit, there are grounds for dismissal.

  • When a red light or speeding camera takes a picture, enforcement officials match the camera photo to the DMV ID of the person who owns the vehicle. The court must prove with photographic evidence that the driver of the car is the same one charged with the citation. Blurry and unclear photos of the driver's face will help the case. A judge makes the final decision.

  • Arizona law claims that at least two signs are required to let motorists know that a photo enforcement system is present and operational. This is only needed when the posted speed limit is above 40mph.

  • Citations are generally issued through regular mail. In Arizona, the citation also includes a request to sign a waiver to "your right to proper service." If this waiver isn't signed, a process server must deliver the citation. If the offender isn't served within 120 days, the ticket is dismissed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Vehicles registered to an LLC are immune to photo tickets. Arizona civil traffic violations can only be issued to a person.
  • The easiest way to avoid a photo ticket is to not speed in the first place and follow all the proper signage of the road.


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