Photo-radar speeders must pay promptly or face higher costs

By Erica Meltzer
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 12.10.2008

When DPS brings its photo-radar vans to town in the near future, speeders should be prepared to pay up promptly or pay more.
The Department of Public Safety plans to start operating photo-radar vans on state roads in the Tucson metro area early next year.
And folks who either don't pay, or who challenge their tickets when they arrive in the mail, will pay an additional $8 to cover Pima County Justice Courts' processing costs.
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the cost-recovery fee Tuesday.
Provided you aren't going 20 miles or more over the speed limit, state photo-radar tickets cost $165, plus a 10 percent surcharge to fund Clean Elections, bringing the total to $181.50. The county's $8 brings the total to almost $190.
The fee applies only if people don't pay the ticket when it comes in the mail.
Court administrators estimate DPS could issue as many as 20,000 photo-radar tickets a year in Pima County.