For the first time in Virginia, police officers could issue speeding tickets through the mail — without pulling over the speeding motorist — under legislation sitting on Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk. SB 1521, which cleared its final hurdle in the General Assembly last week, would allow state troopers to use handheld photo speed monitoring devices to catch vehicles going at least 12 mph over the speed limit in highway work zones. The owner or renter of the vehicle would be mailed a summons with a fine of up to $125. The recipient of the summons could fight the ticket by filing an affidavit or testifying in court “that he was not the operator of the vehicle at the time of the alleged violation.”