ARIZONA NEWS

Why did a Mesa man get a speeding ticket for driving 65 in a 65 zone?

May 3, 2019, 1:39 PM | Updated: 5:40 pm

(Facebook Photo/Arizona State Troopers Association)...

(Facebook Photo/Arizona State Troopers Association)

(Facebook Photo/Arizona State Troopers Association)

PHOENIX – A Mesa man said a state trooper wrote him a speeding ticket on a Valley freeway this week even though he was going the limit.

The reason? He was talking on his cellphone.

Bill, who didn’t want to use his last name, told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes Show on Friday that the trooper also gave him a written warning under the state’s new cellphone ban.

The law, which passed last month, doesn’t take effect until January 2021, when violators will be subject to fines of $75 to $149 for first offenses and $150 to $250 for subsequent offenses.

Until then, officers can issue warnings for cellphone use while driving. The new statute doesn’t mention vehicle speed.

Bill provided KTAR News with a copy of the warning and ticket, which was written Monday on Loop 202 and says he was driving 65 mph in a 65 zone. The violation is listed as “speed/reasonable prudent.”

Bill acknowledged that he was talking on his cellphone when pulled over. The trooper explained that, under the new law, he couldn’t have the phone in his hand while driving.

The trooper, identified on the ticket as F. Vacca, then told Bill he was getting a warning and a speeding ticket.

“He goes, ‘Well, the reason why you’re getting it, the speed limit when you have your phone in your hand is zero miles per hour,’” Bill said of the conversation.

“So he gave me a warning ticket for the cellphone and then he gave me a speeding ticket because I was holding my phone.”

When asked if the speed limit should have been zero in that scenario, DPS Director Frank Milstead told Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes, “No, I don’t think it is.”

He said if a mistake was made, it should be rectified without Bill having to go to court. The ticket said Bill had to appear in court by June 5.

Following Milstead’s interview with Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes, the DPS director took to Twitter to update the public on Bill’s ticket, noting the trooper wrote the speeding ticket in error and it was dismissed.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Arizona's Aliyah Alpert, 13, moved on to the quarterfinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on ...

Danny Shapiro

Arizona girl moves on to quarterfinals of Scripps National Spelling Bee

One of Arizona's two participants in the Scripps National Spelling Bee is moving on to Wednesday's quarterfinals after perfect preliminary rounds.

12 seconds ago

A woman will be arrested after a bomb was found at a Phoenix apartment complex on May 27, 2024. (AP...

KTAR.com

Woman to be arrested for bomb threat at Phoenix apartment complex

A woman will be arrested for a bomb threat that was made at a Phoenix apartment complex on Monday, authorities said.

1 hour ago

From left, alleged Arizona fake electors Michael and Kelli Ward appear with their attorney during t...

Kevin Stone

Poll: More Arizona voters think alleged fake GOP electors are guilty than innocent

The 11 Arizona Republicans charged in the state’s fake elector case appear to be losing in the court of public opinion, even within their own party, according to a new poll.

3 hours ago

Man dead after being struck by a vehicle in Goodyear...

KTAR.com

Speed may have been factor in fatal vehicle-pedestrian collision in Goodyear

A pedestrian died after being struck by a vehicle that a juvenile was driving in Goodyear around 6 p.m. on Monday, authorities said.

5 hours ago

Southbound I-17 was closed at Indian School Road in Phoenix for a police situation on May 28, 2024....

KTAR.com

Southbound I-17 reopened at Indian School Road in Phoenix after police situation

The southbound lanes of Interstate 17 were closed at Indian School Road in Phoenix on Tuesday morning for a police situation, authorities said.

6 hours ago

Refuge Fire: Arson suspect arrested, given multiple charges...

Serena O'Sullivan

Arizona man accused of starting fire in wildlife refuge near California border

The Yuma County Sheriff's Office said a man accused of starting the Refuge Fire near the Arizona-California border was arrested.

7 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s how to be worry-free when your A/C goes out in the middle of summer

PHOENIX -- As Arizona approaches another hot summer, Phoenix residents are likely to spend more time indoors.

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

Why did a Mesa man get a speeding ticket for driving 65 in a 65 zone?