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Monkey-masked Ariz. speeder gets 37 photo tickets
AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/11/09 | Amanda Lee Myers - AP

Posted on 09/11/2009 4:00:16 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

PHOENIX – Speed camera photos of the man in the monkey and giraffe masks have generated lots of chuckles. But the cops aren't laughing.

Dave VonTesmar, 47, started getting the $181.50 tickets last year, but it took Arizona state police several months to realize the same driver was repeatedly triggering speed cameras and refusing to pay the fines. By the time they did, more than 50 of the tickets had become invalid because the deadline for prosecution had passed.

VonTesmar, who has now amassed $6,7000 in fines, is fighting each citation by claiming he wasn't behind the wheel.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: monkeymasked; photo; speeder; tickets

1 posted on 09/11/2009 4:00:17 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Hey, if they can pass the driver test.. heck they let kennedys drive to this day.


2 posted on 09/11/2009 4:02:18 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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the giraffe mask seems a bit too much..


3 posted on 09/11/2009 4:02:53 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hopefully the wreckless driver will only kill themselves soon rather than other drivers.


4 posted on 09/11/2009 4:04:25 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Agency spokesman Bart Graves said DPS has surveillance photos of VonTesmar putting on masks before driving and believes that they will convince justice court judges in three area cities that he was the one behind the wheel and must pay his tickets.

The rest of the article is pretty interesting. The DPS apparently actually followed this guy to catch him putting on the mask.

5 posted on 09/11/2009 4:04:58 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.)
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earlier thread
Monkey-Masked Driver Eludes 37 Traffic Tickets; Claims Unfair Speed Tax
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2336415/posts


6 posted on 09/11/2009 4:06:17 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge

Obviously a racist.

7 posted on 09/11/2009 4:06:47 PM PDT by DogBarkTree (Support Sarah. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/sarahpalin?ref=nf)
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To: A CA Guy
Hopefully the wreckless driver will only kill themselves soon rather than other drivers.

Most of this guy's tickets were 11-15 mph over the limit. The cameras are set to trigger at 11 mph over the limit.

I drive that fast when passing other traffic, especially on a two lane road.

8 posted on 09/11/2009 4:07:18 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.)
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To: justlurking

Right in the most lucrative speed zone...it’s never been about safety folks...is always been about the cash.


10 posted on 09/11/2009 4:16:45 PM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: NormsRevenge

Needs a sunroof.


11 posted on 09/11/2009 4:17:27 PM PDT by tired1 (When the Devil eats you there's only one way out.)
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To: DogBarkTree

‘obviously a racist’ - hahaha, that’s hysterical!


12 posted on 09/11/2009 4:18:45 PM PDT by No Socialist
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To: NormsRevenge

You can't pin this on me copper. I wuz at the watering hole. Ask the hyenas. I ain't got no monkey mask, either. A giraffe can't catch a break in this town.

13 posted on 09/11/2009 4:20:06 PM PDT by concentric circles
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To: All

QUOTE>>>”In Arizona, people who get photo-enforcement tickets in the mail have four options: Agree they were driving and pay the fine, say they weren’t driving and send in their driver’s license photo as proof, request a court date and fight the ticket, or simply ignore the ticket because law enforcement can’t prove they received it. The ticket becomes invalid if a violator who ignores it isn’t served in person within three months.”<<<QUOTE

Okay does this bother anyone else, cops are always saying traffic enforcement is about safety... but this quote tells another story to me.


14 posted on 09/11/2009 4:21:21 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: rightwingextremist1776
DPS has surveillance photos of VonTesmar putting on masks before driving

Some like minded citizens should do the same. He is absolutely correct in saying that photo radar is nothing but a speed tax.

15 posted on 09/11/2009 4:21:23 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: NormsRevenge

16 posted on 09/11/2009 4:22:55 PM PDT by HighWheeler (The higher the concentration of libs, the bigger the tragedy that follows.)
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To: NormsRevenge
>DPS is taking his case very seriously.

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"You will pay for your lack of vision!"


17 posted on 09/11/2009 4:23:15 PM PDT by ROTB (Love your enemies, in the name and faith of Christ.)
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To: justlurking

Maybe he can charge DPS with stalking ;-)


18 posted on 09/11/2009 4:24:38 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: A CA Guy

19 posted on 09/11/2009 4:24:51 PM PDT by HighWheeler (The higher the concentration of libs, the bigger the tragedy that follows.)
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To: windcliff

ping


20 posted on 09/11/2009 4:28:55 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: NormsRevenge

The British have adapted.

http://www.speedcam.co.uk/gatso2.htm


21 posted on 09/11/2009 4:31:04 PM PDT by muddler
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To: muddler

Q: Is Gatso short for Gestapo?


22 posted on 09/11/2009 4:45:33 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Photobucket
23 posted on 09/11/2009 4:56:38 PM PDT by CrappieLuck
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

My friend who lives in Prescott but often goes to Phoenix just got one and she isn’t going to pay it unless she is served.


24 posted on 09/11/2009 4:57:22 PM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: tiki

Tell her not to answer her door. Better yet, tell her to wear a giraffe mask when answering the door;)


25 posted on 09/11/2009 5:26:25 PM PDT by TotusTuus
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To: NormsRevenge

How can they even take this guy to court when his accusers are camera’s?


26 posted on 09/11/2009 5:27:38 PM PDT by The Toad
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To: A CA Guy
Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
[emphasis added]

How does one confront a witness when there is none? A camera is a machine, not a witness. In most other court proceedings, a photograph is not admitted as evidence unless there is a person to testify to its veracity.

So why in this case?
27 posted on 09/11/2009 5:39:01 PM PDT by Lucky Dog
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
Okay does this bother anyone else, cops are always saying traffic enforcement is about safety... but this quote tells another story to me.

Given your assumption, it should bother you. Trouble is, your assumption is wrong.

The photo radar/camera speed traps are here because city councils put them here - they are a money-machine, no more and no less. And our Governor at the time - Janet Napolitano - admitted as much to the press and the public.

28 posted on 09/11/2009 8:14:03 PM PDT by HiJinx (~ Support Our Troops ~ www.proudpatriots.org~)
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To: tiki

Living in Prescott, she won’t be served. Phoenix isn’t going to pay a process-server to go to Prescott with the citation.

I was never served the one I should have received 6 months ago.


29 posted on 09/11/2009 8:15:34 PM PDT by HiJinx (~ Support Our Troops ~ www.proudpatriots.org~)
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