Greetings from sunny Arizona!
I am Dave VonTesmar, owner of the Speed Monkey Subaru that is almost famous in Phoenix. I would like to let all the readers of this blog know that this vehicle has never been operated in an unsafe and reckless manner by me or anyone else, despite what the AZ DPS spokespeople would like you to believe. I have an excellent driving record and have for more than 30 years.
I am a friend of the badge with a 21 year Federal Law Enforcement career. I also have friends that still work with DPS and other Arizona agencies.
Photo Radar (an incorrect term) is not Law Enforcement.
The DPS spokesperson(s) are on record as stating that they just want me to pay the fines. These are the same sworn officers that allege that they followed me and saw me commit these violations and yet, did not stop the vehicle at that time. They allowed me (or whomever was driving) to continue up the road. Why? Because this vehicle was most likely being operated in a safe and prudent fashion based on the existing conditions. They waited almost a month to come to my workplace to personally deliver the photo tickets. Not exactly protecting the citizens of Arizona against a reckless and dangerous driver are they?
95% of these tickets were for operating this vehicle with the safe flow of traffic. The most egregious violation was for approximately 14 miles over, (their wording, not mine). The posted speed limits are arbitrary and in no relation to highway safety. It is convenient that these cameras are placed where the posted limit goes from 65 to 55 on a 4 lane highway designed for 85.
Once again, I am not thumbing my nose at law enforcement nor allowing this vehicle to be operated in a dangerous manner. My family and friends drive on these same highways, (sometimes in my car) and I would never jeopardize their safety nor my own.
In closing, Drive Safe, just like I do.