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4/25/2013 6:00:00 AM
Fighting a ticket? Get ready to drive a while

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Motorists who get speeding tickets on Interstate 40 near Kingman may have to drive to Lake Havasu if they want to contest a citation in court.

The Board of Supervisors will consider a new voting district map for the five Mohave County justices of the peace on May 6.

The maps also determine the jurisdiction of each justice of the peace court in Mohave County, and that's where the proposed I-40 change comes in.

I-40 is currently divided between three justice courts - Lake Havasu, Cerbat and Kingman. In order to better balance the caseloads and streamline the ticketing process for I-40, the five Mohave County justices of the peace decided to move all of I-40 into the Lake Havasu Justice Court.

The courts also moved the areas surrounding Oatman and Topock out of the Bullhead Justice Court and into the jurisdiction of the Lake Havasu Court to even out the population in each district and spread out the number of cases.

If the Board approves the map, it will be sent to the U.S. Department of Justice for approval.

The map is the last in a series of four voting district maps that the county started working on in 2011. Maps for the Board of Supervisors, Mohave Community College and the Joint Technical Education District were finished in 2012.

According to information provided to the Supervisors, the elections department completed the district maps for the Supervisors, college board and JTED first because they were on the 2012 ballot and the justices were not.

The redistricting process for justice of the peace seats also requires a slightly different process than the one used to create the maps for the Supervisors, JTED and college board.

The justice court districts are based on the caseload of each court, as well as population, and all of the justices have to agree to the new districts before they can be submitted to the Supervisors.

The resignation in May 2011 of Justice of the Peace Tom Brady, who spearheaded the courts redistricting effort, also delayed the maps.

Copies of the maps and the redistricting plan are available during regular office hours at the County Elections Office on the second floor of the Mohave County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

@ Google ARS 28-332 And ARS 28-333
You or someone else post this nonsense every time an article like this comes up. Are you a judge or lawyer or even a law clerk? Do you have any sort of official legal opinion from a court or the AG? Do you have any idea of what agreements or directives by the AG and ADOT are in place? Do you also have a problem with our currency and current type of land ownership? Just seems like these beliefs run together.

Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Article comment by: Google ARS 28-332 And ARS 28-333

Google the two Arizona Statutes above and you will realize the Justice Courts have no jurisdiction to hear traffic tickets. The law plaiinly states the Arizona Department of Transportation has "primary and exclusive" jurisdiction over the motor vehicle code. The next one ARS 28-333 says the Attorney General not the county attorney, "shall prosecute and defend all matters arisiing under Title 28. Most traffic tickets are charged under Title 28. Also, when you google ARS 28-333 read the "interesting letter" which will appear on the same search page. This letter will show how far off the current practices are from the established law.

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: Here's the Question

Is this a joke? Very funny!

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

"Three Porches..."

What about the rest of the house?

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Article comment by: Some get away with it

On a related story. Three Porches were observed traveling at over 110 mph on the 93 recently. The Mohave County Sheriff`s Dept only cited the drivers. I thought anything 20 mph above the speed limit was criminal speed, subject to arrest? Oh, I`m sorry, must of been a bunch of rich white guys.

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Article comment by: gun owner 000

ANYBODY who gets caught speeding on I-40 needs to go straight to jail instead of getting a ticket that they have to go to Lake Havasu to appear for or pay. Sorry. My opinion....after all, the speed limit on I-40 is 75 mph. If you need to drive faster, book some time on a race track.

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Article comment by: The answer is simple...

Drive the speed limit and don't get a ticket! It never ceases to amaze me at how many people completely disregard the laws, and then cry foul or victim when they get caught! Especially when they are already in financial hardship.

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Article comment by: Uncle Anson

Here is a novel idea. Obey the law. No citations. So them why would you care?

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Article comment by: J L

That's a terrible idea.

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Article comment by: Jack A.Lope

Well i guess stupidity reigns!!

I-40 is still 30 miles away from Lake Havasu City. Kingman is dead center between the far east and far west ends. as far a courts go you would think yucca would be the cut off point

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Article comment by: Deacon Blues

This will be horrible for everyone who does not live in Lake Havasu, and it will generate a LOT of new revenue for Lake Havasu. I am shocked that this plan of giving all of I-40 in Mohave County over to Lake Havasu City Justice Court is even being seriously considered. This proposed change would mean that a person living in Wikieup who was ticketed at the I-40/Highway 93 junction would have to drive almost 200 miles to appear in court. Way to go Board of Supervisors! If this insane plan passes, I promise you I will contribute at least $1,000 to any campaign against any supervisor who votes to approve it. I and a lot of other voters will be watching you and the way you vote on May 6th.

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