Our blog posts about beating photo-enforcement tickets have spurred a few comments like this one:
Walt says: Hello.
My wife made a right turn on red at one of Avondale's traffic lights. Received a violation notice in the mail to me since the vehicle is only registered to me. The picture shows her driving though. The notice wants me to identify the driver. Should I send it in and just wait for the ticket, or should I just not send it in and see what happens? Also are there any points involve here? Thank you for any help you can give me.
Posted On: Monday, Jul. 6 2009 @ 8:10AM
We can't tell for sure if Walt is seriously considering turning in his wife, but there's a name for people who identify friends and family members to photo-enforcement authorities: Losers.
If someone else gets an Arizona photo-enforcement ticket in a vehicle registered to you, you can go down to the court, prove it's not you in the violation picture and simultaneously decline to rat out the driver.
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Of course, that's not as pure-hearted as simply failing to sign a waiver of proper service and waiting to see if a process server shows up at your home. You may even be put in the embarrassing position of having to lie to a court official, if the official asks you point-blank if you know the photographed driver.
But what about the ethics of snitching on your spouse or best friend, if they triggered an ATM [Automatic Ticket Machine] while cruising in your ride? We're not going to wait for Randy Cohen to answer this one.
It just isn't right.