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Man avoids 37 speed camera tickets


monkey Subaru WRX driver

Authorities have sent 37 speeding tickets to Dave Vontesmar, claiming he’d been captured each time by speed camera. Dave denies he’s at fault, saying he doesn’t resemble the monkey driver portrayed in camera images…


Police claim to have done surveillance on Vontesmar and observed him putting on a monkey mask before hitting the Arizona street, proving without a shadow of a doubt he’s at the helm of the distinctive Subaru, thus the issuance of the many, many tickets. Faced with the evidence, Vontesmar responded, “Not one of them there is a picture where you can identify the driver, the ball’s in their court. I sent back all these ones I got with a copy of my drivers license, and said, ‘It’s not me. I’m not paying them.’” Ballsy. It seems to us the police have a case for one of the traffic tickets, if it were issued on the day of their surveillance operation, but all of them? While this might seem like a technicality, one is innocent until proven guilty, even in traffic court, and unless police can prove it was Vontesmar who donned the mask every single time, it seems he’s got a point. Maybe instead of relying on unrepresented tax collection systems speed cameras, police should, you know, pull people over and alleviate that burden of proof.

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