A loophole in state law has allowed Colorado state senators and representatives to avoid photo radar tickets because of special treatment given to lawmakers when they get license plates.
Most license plates are issued to specific vehicles. But license plates for lawmakers are issued to individuals and aren’t registered in state computers.
Saying the process isn’t fair, Denver police began considering alternatives after an investigation by KCNC-TV that was reported Thursday.
The city has an aggressive photo radar program that sends out millions of dollars in photo radar tickets every year. However, police have not been able to send citations to legislators whose cars carry the special plates.
The problem surfaced when Evonne Estis of Cañon City began receiving photo radar tickets intended for state Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver. Police say Johnston was photographed speeding six times in about a year.
His state legislative plate bears the number “33,” the district he represents, and was not in the DMV system. No tickets were sent for three of the violations.
The other three were sent to Estis, who has a vanity plate on her SUV that reads “33,” her favorite number, the station reported.
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