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A Look at Aggressive Driving Laws in Arizona

June 7, 2019

Like many states, Arizona has laws against aggressive driving. These laws are intended to discourage drivers from being reckless on the road and putting themselves and other drivers at risk. Reckless driving is a misdemeanor that can have serious consequences, including a fine and a one-year revocation of driving privileges. If you are charged with aggressive driving, it is important to consult with a defense attorney who can help you protect your rights.

What is aggressive driving in Arizona?

There are multiple road violations that can lead to an aggressive driving charge. Excessive speeds on any roads or in specialized zones, like school zones, can lead to aggressive driving charges. Failing to obey traffic signs and signals, passing on the right by going off the road, tailgating, and failing to yield right of way can all also lead to aggressive driving charges.

A broad distinction that applies to aggressive driving laws in Arizona is whether or not your driving puts other people in immediate hazard. The immediate hazard provision means that you can be charged with aggressive driving even if you weren’t violating any other provisions. For example, if you are on a highway and not speeding or passing on the right, but the way you were driving was considered by officers to put other people in immediate hazard, then you could be charged.

What are the penalties?

The penalties for aggressive driving depend on several factors, including whether it is a first offense. For a first offense, a 30-day license suspension, fines, and required attendance in traffic school may be required.

For a second offense within 24 months of the first offense, a one-year license suspension, plus higher fines and jail time are also possible.

If you’re accused of aggressive driving, let Janet Altschuler help you fight for your rights. With a defense attorney in Tucson on your side, you may be able to have charges reduced or dismissed. Talk to an attorney today by calling (520) 247-1789.


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