Redflex Trying to Figure out How Many Out-of-State Speed-Camera Violators Get Visits by Process Servers

A couple of weeks ago, we asked Jay Heiler, spokesman for the Scottsdale office of the Australian speed-camera firm, Redflex, about the situation of out-of-state violators being visited by process servers.

Heiler (at left) told us that Redflex wanted to be "transparent" about the issue and would get back to us. We appreciate that level of candor, since Redflex could lose money if out-of-state speeders didn't sign the waiver of their right to process service on photo enforcement tickets and no process servers ever showed up.

Heiler was away on business for about a week, but assures us as of this morning that he's working on providing some answers.

All we know now is that a process-serving company told us that some mutual agreements exist with other process servers in the country, which allows for the possibility, at least, that people who get caught by speed cameras in Arizona could be served in their home states.

We asked Heiler if Redflex could provide for us -- and you, the motoring public:

* The number of out-of-state photo-ticket recipients who failed to mail back a payment immediately.

* Of those, how many attempts were made to use out-of-state process servers to serve those people.

* Of those, how many violators were actually served.

We'll leave some questions unanswered here to avoid a bigger project, but if Heiler gets back to us with that info, you Californians and other out-of-state scofflaws should be better informed about your options.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.