Traffic Tickets In Arizona

Traffic tickets are never something you want to receive. They often have fines attached to them and they can damage your driving record. Let’s take a look at the effect traffic tickets can have on a driver and how to respond to a ticket in Arizona. 

 

What Are Traffic Tickets?

Traffic tickets are traffic violation summonses that are issued by law enforcement. When a driver breaks a traffic law, they typically will receive a traffic ticket. The traffic ticket will have an imposed fine and the driver may have to attend court to face the violation. 

 

Common Reasons Drivers Receive Traffic Tickets

There are different levels of severity in regards to breaking traffic laws. Most traffic violations are minor, such as speeding, not stopping at a stop sign or not using the proper turn signals when turning/merging lanes. However, there are more serious traffic violations, such as criminal speeding. In Arizona, criminal speeding is grounds for arrest, not just a traffic ticket. 

Criminal speeding in Arizona is defined as speeding 35 miles per hour over the speed limit as you approach a school zone, exceeding the speed limit by 20 miles per hour in business or residential areas, or exceeding 85 miles per hour at any time. 

The fines associated with traffic violation tickets can be quite costly. This is why it is very important to understand the local and state traffic laws so that you can avoid receiving a traffic violation. 

 

What To Do If You Get A Traffic Ticket In Arizona

If you receive a traffic ticket in Arizona, you have a few options. If you receive a minor traffic violation such as speeding, you will be issued a ticket and there will be a fine associated with that ticket. In addition to the fine, there will be a court date scheduled for you to attend. 

 

What You Can Do

 

  1. Plead guilty, pay the fine and the traffic infraction will be added to your driving record and reported to your insurance company. 

 

  1. Prior to your scheduled court date, you can ask the court to attend a defensive driving course in order to have the minor traffic violation dismissed. If the court agrees, you must find a state and court approved defensive driving course. Take the course, pass the course and submit your certification of completion to the court at least 7 days prior to your court date. Your ticket will be dismissed and will not go on your driving record. 

 

  1. You can contest the ticket, attend a court hearing and plead your case as to why you don’t feel you should have received the traffic ticket 

 

If you receive a traffic ticket, your best bet is to ask the court to take a defensive driving course. Not only will the course help you understand local and state traffic laws, it will get your ticket dismissed and keep your insurance rates from going up. 

 

How A Traffic Ticket Impacts Your Driving Record

When you receive a traffic ticket and are found guilty of that ticket, the traffic violation goes on your permanent driving record and is reported to your insurance company. This means that driver demerit points are added to your license and your insurance rate could increase. 

The more demerit points that are added to your license, the closer you are to having your license suspended. 

If you do have points added to your license, you can typically take a defensive driving course in order to have some points removed. It is a great option to not only have points removed from your license, but it will give you up-to-date knowledge on traffic rules and laws, so you can avoid getting a traffic violation in the future.