Traffic Laws And Driving Rules In Arizona

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This article talks about the traffic laws and driving rules in Arizona:

Drinking & Driving Violations

Driving Under the Influence or DUI is defined under A.R.S. §28-1381 (Title 28, Chapter 4) as driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence.

Driving Without A License Or Driving With A Suspended License

License Violations are defined under A.R.S. §28-3471 to §28-3481 (Title 28)

This section of the Arizona Revised Statutes covers restrictions on renting or leasing a motor vehicle, driving violations, classification, and restricted privilege to drive. A.R.S. §28-3474 and A.R.S. §28-3475 talk about permitting an unauthorized minor to drive or permitting an unauthorized person to drive respectively. Falsification of license is discussed under A.R.S. §28-3476, whereas false certification, renewal of license by mail is covered under A.R.S. §28-3477.

A.R.S. §28-3478 outlines the unlawful use of license, whereas perjury, operation in violation of restriction and violations for commercial motor vehicle drivers are outlined under A.R.S. §28-3479 – A.R.S. §28-3481 respectively.

Driving Without Insurance Or Driving With Insufficient Insurance

Vehicle Insurance and Financial Responsibility are defined under Chapter 9 of the Arizona Revised Statutes.

Driving Without Registration Or Driving With Expired Registration

Registration, violation, classification, and exceptions are defined under A.R.S. §28-2531

Registration, violation, civil penalties are defined under A.R.S. §28-2532

Turning, Starting, Signals, Stopping And Illegal U-Turn

Limitations on turning around are defined under A.R.S. §28-752

A.R.S. §28-751 talks about required position and method of turning, A.R.S. §28-753 covers starting a parked vehicle, whereas A.R.S. §28-754 – A.R.S. §28-756 cover turning movements and required signals, hand or arm signals or signal device, and method of giving hand and arm signals respectively.

Leaving The Scene Of An Accident / Hit & Run

Accidents involving death or personal injury and failure to stop are defined under A.R.S. §28-661 whereas accidents involving damage to vehicle and failure to stop are defined under A.R.S. §28-662

Mechanical Violations

Equipment related mechanical violations are outlined under A.R.S. §28-921 to §28-966. This section of the Arizona Revised Statutes covers applicability of equipment requirements, lighted lamps requirements, motor vehicle head lamps, tail lamps, reflectors, stop lamps, lamp colors, reflector and lamp mountings, all the way to mirrors, windshield wipers, safety glass requirements, flares, speed restrictions on motorized quadricycles and fuel tank caps.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is covered under A.R.S. §28-693

Running A Red Light Or Stop Sign

A.R.S. §28-644 covers obedience to and required traffic control devices.

Seat Belt / Child Restraint Violations

Vehicle restraints required; exceptions; civil penalty are defined under A.R.S. §28-909 whereas A.R.S. §28-907 covers child passenger restraint system; civil penalty.


A.R.S. §28-701 to A.R.S. §28-710 list speeding restrictions.

Unlawful Vehicle Modifications

A.R.S. §28-921 to A.R.S. §28-966 talk about equipment and unlawful vehicle modification. From mirrors and windshield wipers, equipment includes lighted lamps, mounted height of lamps, tail lamps, stop lamps, lamp colors, reflector and lamp mountings, spot and auxiliary lamps, additional lighting equipment, multiple beam road lighting, motorcycles, noise level equipment, all the way up to fuel tank caps and vehicles transporting explosives.

For more information on the traffic laws and driving rules in Arizona, contact the Law Offices of Brian D. Sloan at 480-900-0384 or 602-900-0384 for a Free Initial Consultation.

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