AAA: Watch The Speedometer In Arizona

Last week the AAA designated the entire state of Arizona a “strict enforcement area” because the state is using cameras to identify speeding vehicles for ticketing.

This doesn’t mean the entire state is a speed trap, where drivers are deliberately tricked or speed limits are enforced only against strangers. It simply means the enforcement of the speed limits is particularly rigorous.

There seems to be some disagreement over whether an entire state has ever had this designation before. The Associated Press says that it’s a first, according to AAA Arizona. But The New York Times reported in 1988 that Mississippi had been so designated, following Virginia and Mexico.

(I’m not saying I know anyone who opened up on a deserted Arizona highway to see how fast a rented Chevy Blazer would go. I’m just saying he probably shouldn’t do it again.)


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