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National Briefing / Arizona

Speedster behind the monkey mask

September 12, 2009|Times Wire Reports

State police aren't chuckling at a driver who triggered Phoenix-area freeway speed cameras more than 80 times in a year while wearing monkey or giraffe masks.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says the driver is a 47-year-old flight attendant named Dave VonTesmar.

But VonTesmar says authorities can't prove he's the one behind the wheel of his car, and he's vowing to fight every ticket.

By the time police realized the masked man's ploy, more than 50 tickets had been voided because the deadline for prosecution had passed.

VonTesmar was served with a summons on 37 tickets last month.

Nearly 500,000 tickets have been issued from the first-in-the-nation statewide photo- enforcement program since it went into effect a year ago. About 132,000 recipients have paid the $181 fines.

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