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Monkey-Masked Driver Eludes 37 Traffic Tickets; Claims Unfair Speed Tax


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Jude September 10, 2009 at 11:47 am

He is right, it is a speed tax!


gse September 10, 2009 at 11:49 am

Spokesperson Bart Graves says DPS has issued 37 tickets to Dave VonTesmar totaling approximately $6,700 in fines.

“We’ve had a lot of frequent flyers who think they can get away with this but (VonTesmar) is the most flagrant,” said Graves.

Graves said VonTesmar’s citations came from photo radar cameras along the entire Interstate 17 corridor as he drove his 2005 white Subaru sedan.


sammy September 10, 2009 at 11:50 am

On his Facebook page, VonTesmar wrote Wednesday:

As the subject of this article, I would like to tell everyone that there is no proof that I am the driver in all of these photos. Several people that have access to my vehicle and have already called in to the Arizona Republic to state that they also drive this vehicle. I am a safe driver with an outstanding driving record. All those that think I am a blatant reckless and dangerous driver are making an uninformed statement using incomplete facts. I will put my driving history against anyone. I operate my vehicle in a safe fashion and drive with the flow of traffic. There has been no admission of guilt on my part nor have I been convicted of these charges or allegations. I appreciate that this is the United States of America and everyone is entitled to their opinion and can freely state it, however, before you condemn me, please get all the facts and make an informed statement.


prsmith September 13, 2009 at 5:40 pm

You own the vehicle, you get the priviledge of paying the fines (and maybe even doing the time!) regardless of who ‘borrowed’ the vehicle. Who knows, maybe your ‘friends’ will reimburse you {snicker}


felix September 10, 2009 at 2:02 pm

what a fighter! too badass! Love the line at the end :D


Susie September 10, 2009 at 3:58 pm

This really made my day. Thanks for posting it!


doug September 11, 2009 at 1:03 am

A speeding ticket is not a “tax.” It is a punishment for doing something that explicitly and drastically increases the chances of killing yourself or others. Tens of thousands of people, many innocent pedestrians and drivers, are *dead* because people do not take speeding. Speed kills. Your car is not a game.


Colin September 11, 2009 at 11:43 am

OMG! You’re right! I never thought about that. Speeding tickets are a speed tax and the government isn’t allowed to tax us. After all, what right do they have to pay for all the services we use? (police, roads, firefighters, military, etc etc)
From now on I’m not going to pay any fines when I break the law because the government has no right to fine me for breaking the law. Here are some other crimes I plan on committing now that I know I don’t have to pay the illegal tax on them.
1. Child abduction: $25000.
2. Stealing a CD: $2,500
3. Rob your neighbor: $375,000
4. Burn a house down: $375,000
5. Stalk someone: $175,000
6. Start a dogfighting ring: $50,000
7. Murder someone: $25,000 and 15 years in jail

It’s my constitutionally protected right to be a criminal, screw over everyone else, break the law, put peoples lives at risk repeatedly and be a general prick and the government can’t tax me for it. In fact, that whole jail time thing is a tax on my time. I’m just going to skip that part when I get to #7.


Colin September 11, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Oh, and I’ll add that if you’re lending your car to people (assuming the unlikely situation that he’s telling the truth and he’s not the one speeding) with the intent that they can break the law and you provide masks with the intent that they don’t get caught then you’re an accomplice to a crime. Also, once you know they’re doing this, to not turn them in is aiding and abetting a criminal. You can go to jail for those crimes. I hope he does.


Ray January 11, 2010 at 8:49 am

Monkey see, monkey do.


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