DPS says most sent speed camera notices don't pay

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Less than a third of motorists caught speeding by Arizona's new enforcement cameras pay after receiving violation notices sent in the mail.

Department of Public Safety Lt. Jeff King said 28 percent to 30 percent of notices result in immediate payment. If motorists ignore the notices, they are submitted to courts to issue citations that can result in an order to appear in court.

King said during a legislative hearing that it's too early in the program's history to determine payment rates once violations go to court.

The state launched its speed enforcement camera program in September and has deployed at least three-quarters of the planned 100 fixed and mobile cameras statewide.

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