Originally posted by gman32c
In my area, ignoring a ticket would result in a warrant for your arrest. How do you get away with just ignoring it?
There was a precedent setting court ruling in AZ that notice by mail did not constitute a legal notice of a (traffic) violation unless the offender acknowleges it. If you respond to the mail notice, than you have acknowledged its receipt and a you have then been legally notified. If you don't respond, then they have to send a process server to complete a legal notice. If you are never served in person than the courts give up after a few months and discard the violation.
The language on the mailed notice is very misleading. They make all kinds of threats about default judgements, points on your license, license suspensions, warrants, etc. It's all BS to scare you into responding to the mailed noticed and in doing so, completing a legally binding notice.
I've read that something like 1/3 of all AZ camera tickets are discarded for lack of legal notice.
I should add that I'm somewhat conflicted on the issue of camera tickets. The red light cameras might have a proper place at some intersections with a reputation for danger. I don't think the radar operated speeding
cameras are in the interest of public safety.