Recent news reports cite Arizona lawmakers who are contemplating legislation to deal with the very real problem that photo radar tickets are deliberately misleading citizens with regard to their legal rights and obligations in responding to photo radar tickets.
One common issue relates to the apparent obligation to identify the actual driver of the car when a vehicle owner receives a ticket with a picture of someone else at the wheel.
Arizona state representative Andy Biggs states that the driver is the party legally responsible for the ticket, and the owner does not need to finger the driver. The misleading notice - at least from DPS - however, only offers an option if you are not the driver to "fill in the driver's information below, sign this form and mail it."
Of course, DPS and the hired guns who administer the photo radar program disagree that the notice is misleading.
This is only one of many problems with Photo Radar as administered in Arizona, and not the only misleading element of the notices sent on behalf of DPS and other entities using photo radar. Before doing anything in response to such a notice, the wise consumer should make sure they are fully aware of all their rights and obligations under Arizona law.