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NMA Reporter 2008-09-24 23:28

Arizona: Photo Ticket Server Dishes Out Racial Slurs
<b>Article: Arizona: Photo Ticket Server Dishes Out Racial Slurs</b>

<A HREF="http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/25/2545.asp" TITLE="Read More: Racist process server"><IMG SRC="http://www.thenewspaper.com/rlc/pix/arnette.jpg" ALT= "Racist process server" HEIGHT="155" WIDTH="190" ALIGN="RIGHT" BORDER="1"></A>A process server hired by an Australian photo radar vendor was caught dishing out racial slurs as he delivered a speed camera ticket to an American family of Mexican descent in Queen Creek, Arizona. A.J. Arnette, a private contractor with AAA Landlord Services working on behalf of Redflex and the Arizona courts, drove to the home of a motorist accused of driving 7 MPH over the speed limit to provide formal service of the violation notice.<br><br>"You're a [expletive] wetback, go back to Mexico!" Arnette yelled as he tossed the citation notice onto the ground and drove away.<br><br>Arnette had attempted to hand the ticket to a family member who explained that process servers must first verify that a person lives at the residence before attempting to give notice to a random person on a sidewalk. The woman in the video asked to remain anonymous but expressed disappointment that an officer of the court would act in such a disrespectful manner. Although several local police officers confided to the woman that, "this happens all the time," neither the Pinal County Sheriff nor Redflex were interested in investigating the incident.<br><br>The woman contacted <a href="http://camerafraud.com/">Camerafraud.com</a>, which held a press conference at the state capitol building yesterday to highlight the incident as part of a recent pattern of illegal conduct on the part of Redflex, including <a href="http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/25/2504.asp">violations of FCC regulations</a> and an employee charged with <a href="http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/25/2530.asp">driving a photo radar van while drunk</a>.<br><br>"Now it looks like Redflex and their associated companies may be using racist intimidation methods," the group said in a statement. "This governor and the Department of Public Safety want to reward these same companies with multi-million dollar contracts to place hundreds more of these cameras around the state with the primary mission of raising revenue."<br><br>Unlike most states, Arizona does not allow companies like Redflex to simply drop a ticket in the mail to the registered owner of a vehicle. Because the state levies license points on photo violations, courts require acknowledgment of receipt of a ticket, whether through registered mail or personal service, before any punishment can be imposed. A 1992 appeals court ruling declared void any attempt to impose a fine without such acknowledgment (<a href="http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/00/68.asp">read opinion</a>). To avoid the expenses imposed by this process, the Arizona legislature in June snuck a provision into the state budget creating tickets without points for the new statewide speed camera program (<a href="http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/24/2446.asp">view law</a>). The insurance industry, including AAA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, lobbied against this change which will cost the industry tens of millions in lost revenue.<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8dTzxYMFMY">View video of incident</a>:<br><br><object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Z8dTzxYMFMY&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Z8dTzxYMFMY&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="383" height="310"></embed></object> <A HREF="http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/25/2545.asp#source" TITLE="Read Source: ">Source</A>

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