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Speed Traps in Sierra Vista

Brentwood, Tennessee
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Speed Traps in Sierra Vista

We just returned from this area as we were traveling across the Southwest. Sierra Vista (and other towns in Arizona) has red light and speed cameras posted all over town, particularly on the main road that you must travel. There are not always signs posted warning of this (which are supposed to be posted). We were going around a vehicle when we saw a large flash. Two weeks after we got home we received a ticket in the mail. The shocking thing was the amount of the ticket: $269. And we were only going two miles over the limit they allow (because we had just gone around a vehicle). They also report this to your state, so it goes against your driving record unless you take the on-line driving course (at a cost of $220). So please be very aware of your speed and of all red lights in Arizona.

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Tucson, Arizona
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1. Re: Speed Traps in Sierra Vista

Read carefully whatever threats area made in the notice. AZ law actually says that the complaint is not valid unless you respond or you are served in person. They're not going to send someone to Tennessee to serve a complaint. This is not legal advice. You can also respond that it is not you. I am fairly sure that they cannot record this in your home state unless there is a conviction. You can ask your state's motor vehicle dept about that.

Tucson, Arizona
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2. Re: Speed Traps in Sierra Vista

Why does everyone who gets a speeding ticket claim it is a speed trap? Two miles "over the limit they allow" means you were going 12 miles over the speed limit. So, you were passing another vehicle. I guess that vehicle must have been crawling along at only 5 miles over the speed limit maybe. Drive the speed limit and obey traffic signals and you won't get a ticket. Simple, isn't it?

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Sierra Vista...
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4. Re: Speed Traps in Sierra Vista

Voters have voted to have the lights removed and they have not been operational in over a year.

The city has now posted more police cruisers at rotating intersections around town and county, though and they will ticket you for not stopping properly at stop signs, not using your turn signals or pulling over for emergency vehicles. State road 90 and 92 south of town and Moson Road are popular areas where cops now hang out.

Suburban Chicago
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5. Re: Speed Traps in Sierra Vista

Thank you for this helpful update.

Sierra Vista...
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6. Re: Speed Traps in Sierra Vista

You are welcome! The red light camera lights have been removed now, so the camera speed traps are a mute issue in Sierra Vista. Tucson got rid of them as well, but they may still be in some rural areas across Arizona. Sierra Vista definitely has beefed up its physical surveillance locations, though. I see city SVPD and county sheriff vehicles all over the southern parts of town, where I live. Part of that is to catch drug and human smugglers coming out of the nearby mountains. SR92, Moson and Ramsey Roads are notorious places for LEO and they are sticklers about vehicles not coming to complete stops.

And don't even think about driving under the influence!!!

TUCSON
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7. Re: Speed Traps in Sierra Vista

I assume you will not be speeding in our state anymore.

Brentwood, Tennessee
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8. Re: Speed Traps in Sierra Vista

That's right. I didn't say that it wasn't my fault. I had a problem with the lack of signage for someone that's not from there. But you're right also. I will never be back to your city. Thank you.

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