Getting popped with criminal speed in Arizona is a lot easier than you may initially think.
Imagine driving 75mph (with the flow of traffic) in a 65mph zone only to unexpectedly stumble into a photo enforced speed zone which has its posted speed limit reduced to 55mph for a short stretch where the speed cameras are placed (there are plenty of those on Arizona's highways).
That's all it takes to have your driving categorized as criminal
. Most traffic violations are civil and summary offenses.
By criminalizing merely 20mph over the posted speed limit, your violation now becomes a Class 3 Misdemeanor which not only carries points, but much higher fine penalties and possible jail time
The one good thing about this is that by being so heavy-handed with their enforcement, Arizona potentially opens themselves to a much higher level of judicial burden
Meaning any court challenge to such a ticket could potentially subject the photo enforcement companies to subpoenas to release information about their systems that they will likely be very resistant to; potentially causing such tickets to be thrown out for lack of prosecutory evidence.
I suspect it will take just one high profile criminal speed citation
against a state representative or someone else of 'privilege'—like Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell, who's limo has been routinely clocked in excess of 95mph
, on the highways between Harrisburg and Philadelphia—to bring the whole camera fraud business down
I wonder who will be that individual...