Just like every other state, the state of Arizona has its own jurisdictional traffic violations statutes and its own legislation with regards to fines and penalties. The offense of speeding may appear to be a minor violation, but in Arizona, it is a common but very severe criminal violation.
When it comes to Arizona speeding laws, drivers should take them very seriously. Many speeding violations, especially those categorized as criminal speeding, have punishements ranging from a $500 fine to 20 days in jail. So while getting pulled over for going over the speed limit may seem minor at the time, it could cost drivers a significant amount of time and money.
While not every speeding violation will cause as big of a headache as the consequences mentioned above, it is important for Arizona locals, and even those driving through Arizona, to understand the different types of speeding tickets and the penalities they carry.
Cost of Traffic Tickets
The Arizona traffic tickets are categorized into two different buckets – criminal and civil.
Felonies (such as leaving the scene of an accident) and misdemeanors (e.g., driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol) constitute criminal violations. The stipulated penalties and fines by Arizona traffic legislation are much stiffer than the average speeding violations.
For instance, it can cost you a whopping $1,250 if you commit the offense of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) for the first-time. Committing same offense for the second time more than doubles your fine to at least $3,000. And if found guilty of the same offense for the third time, described as “Extreme DUI,” you will be fined $2,500-$3,000 and a penalty of 30-120 days in jail. Not to mention, all of these can result in getting your license suspended for a year or more.
Civil traffic violations are those regarded as “moving violations” such as speeding, running a stop sign or red traffic light, etc. Any of these violations attracts a certain number of points that will be assigned to your record. The gravity of the fine you're to pay and the increase rate of your insurance are determined by these points.
Violation of Civil Traffic laws attracts no fixed amount of fees to be paid. The amount differs from court to court. For example, someone in Chandler will pay a different fee for speeding than an individual with the same moving violation in Scottsdale. Across the board, however, first-time civil traffic violators generally do not pay huge fees or fines, but continuous violations consequently attract exorbitant charges.
Another way over-speeding in Arizona can cause drivers quite a fortune is on the increase in insurance. Like every other state in America, Arizona’s auto insurance rates are determined by the type of driver you are and how faultless your driving record is. This is because your insurance rate rise a significant amount as soon as your driving record accumulates points. This has a double effect on your finance, paying for the immediate cost of your citation and the extra payment of your insurance fee in the future.
While it goes without saying, following the rules of the road is the best approach to driving. However, we understand that sometimes things happen, so being educated on what the consequences of poor driving decision can be may help take your lead foot off of the gas pedal.