Arizona's Aggressive Driving Laws

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What Are "Aggressive Driving" Laws?

Aggressive Driving Laws were created to provide increased regulation and safety of highways and roadways. Aggressive driving may be defined something like “operating a motor vehicle in such a manner that endangers persons or property.” Many states have enacted aggressive driving statutes that enforce criminal penalties for persons who engage in aggressive driving.

The reason many state promulgate aggressive driving laws is because it has been recognized such activities are a particular danger to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians alike. Thus, aggressive driving laws commonly result in more serious legal consequences than speeding infractions, and may also carry reckless driving charges.

What Are the Terms of Arizona's Aggressive Driving Law?

Arizona has enacted an aggressive driving law that prohibits aggressive driving. According to the statute, a driver commits aggressive driving if the person:

The main focus of Arizona’s aggressive driving law is the “immediate hazard” provision. Thus, even if a person is driving within the posted speed limit, they could still be charged with aggressive driving if their driving endangers the safety of others.

Additionally, aggressive driving charges can be filed in Arizona if two of the following violations occur:

What Does "Excessive Speed" Mean under Arizona's Aggressive Driving Statute?

According to the state of Arizona’s aggressive driving statute, “excessive speed” may mean:

Also, “reasonable and prudent” speed limits for the designated areas means:

What Are the Penalties for Aggressive Driving in Arizona?

A person who is convicted of aggressive driving in Arizona is guilty of a Class 1 Misdemeanor. This may result in the following legal penalties:

A second conviction for aggressive driving within 24 months of the first conviction will result in a driver’s license suspension for 1 year, and possibly more severe fines or jail time. 

Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer?

As you may be able to tell, aggressive driving is punished very severely in the state of Arizona. Violations of aggressive driving laws may result in criminal penalties that may permanently wind up on one’s record. If you are facing aggressive driving charges, you may wish to hire a criminal defense lawyer. Arizona criminal attorneys can provide much needed advice and representation when dealing with charges for aggressive driving.

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Last Modified: 09-05-2014 04:16 PM PDT

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