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Safety Laws in Arizona for Drivers

Safety laws for drivers in Arizona are given below:

Seatbelts – Any passenger sitting in the front seat of a motor vehicle, that is built after 1972, must have their lap belt properly fastened and adjusted. If the shoulder belt is available, it must be fastened and adjusted accordingly. Drivers may receive a traffic citation if they are travelling with a passenger below the age of 16 years who is not wearing a seat belt. Any passenger with a medical or physical disability is exempt from this rule.

Child car seat laws – Children under the age of 8 years, or those under 4ft 9 in, must be properly secured with a child restraint device while riding a vehicle. The child restraint device must meet federal standards. Children between the ages 5 to 7 years, or those under 4ft 9in MUST ride in a booster seat. Failure to do so will carry a $50 penalty for the driver.

Children older than 8 years or taller than 4ft 9in may use a seat belt when riding in a vehicle.

NHSTA has federal guidelines given on their website which must be followed to find the right car seat for your child. The child car seat requirements will vary, depending on the age, size, and height of your child. The state of Arizona also provides helpful information on how to protect child passengers riding in a vehicle.

Any driver travelling with a passenger below the age of 8 years, who does not appear to be wearing proper restraints, must be reported by calling (800) 505-BABY immediately. The caller must inform the vehicle’s license plate number, the state and location they are calling from, and a description of where the child was sitting.

Motorcycles – Motorcyclists are required to wear protective glasses, goggles, or a transparent face shield when operating a motorcycle. If the bike already has a protective windshield, then the driver is exempt from wearing extra safety gear. In Arizona, all motorcycle drivers and passengers under 1 years of age must wear a safety helmet when riding.

Cell phones – School bus drivers in Arizona are prohibited from using cell phones while driving a school bus, whether calling or texting, unless they are using it for emergency purposes.

For noncommercial drivers, there is no statewide cell phone use ban in the state of Arizona currently. Those who plan to use a cell phone while driving may want to think twice, as phone usage while driving is a cause of major accidents every day.

Headlights – Headlights must be used between sunset and sunrise, or when necessary.

Aggressive drivers – An excessively aggressive driver may be reported to the local police department or by calling 911 in case of an emergency.

Impaired drivers – Impaired drivers must be reported to the Department of Public Safety by calling (602) 223-2000, or by calling 911 in case of an emergency. The caller should try and get as much information about the driver and the vehicle when making the call, such as the make, model, and license plate number of the vehicle along with the current location.

Unattended animals – Anyone who intentionally or recklessly leaves their animal in their vehicle, causing injury or death of the animal, may be cited for a criminal offense. Authorities are allowed to take necessary action to open the vehicle as needed. Anyone who notices an unattended animal in a vehicle can call the local authorities to report it if they feel the animal may be in danger. The informant must provide the necessary details such as the location of the vehicle when making the call.

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“I am one of only a handful of Phoenix DUI Lawyers that focuses solely on DUI Defense representation.”

I have spent my entire career SOLELY focused on Arizona DUI Defense Representation, having personally defended more than 4,400 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) clients in the past 19+ years.

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Coming up with traditional, as well as outside-the-box motions and defenses for my clients, often with good results, is the hallmark of my practice.

Lawyers that say they are "aggressive" or "will fight for you" are a dime a dozen. They use these phrases because it is a proven advertising phrase. Being "aggressive" isn’t the same as being good, and is often used to put on a show to hide the fact that they aren’t doing anything meaningful for the client.

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What I offer is intelligent, quality DUI Defense at an exceptional price. Unlike many other law firms, if you hire The Law Offices of Brian D. Sloan, you actually get me representing you, doing all the work, and working the case. You aren’t hiring one guy with all the experience, but getting the underling with very little knowledge or experience.

I work seven days a week on my client’s cases, and spend hours laying all my thoughts out for my clients in writing, so they can understand their options, and my recommendations. No other DUI Lawyer in the state does this. I try to do what I can to go above-and-beyond for my clients. I hate when the businesses I deal with nickel-and-dime me with hidden costs, and I take pride in not doing that to my clients.

I have not only taught other lawyers how to do DUI Defense Representation at statewide seminars, but I have produced DUI Legal Guides used by defense lawyers across Arizona.

I am one of Arizona's most award-winning DUI Defense Lawyers, as well as being recognized nationally. I was the only DUI Defense Lawyer in the United States named a "Power Lawyer" in a 2022 issue of USA Today

There are no other private Lawyers in Arizona that have personally defended more DUI cases than I have. And as a bonus, I offer a very reasonable flat rate for my legal services, with a payment plan, and without any hidden charges. This guarantees that I offer some of the most competitive rates among all Arizona DUI Attorneys, while being a well-documented and preeminent leader in the field of DUI Defense Representation.

Over the years, countless people have come to me after discovering that their first lawyer made a mistake, gave them false hope or false promises, or simply took their money and didn't do much to advance their case. And you would be surprised at how often this happens.

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For any other Courts in the State of Arizona, including Felony cases, I would recommend my associates on The Arizona DUI Team, whom I work closely with, but I am not the one personally representing the client.

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