When it comes to driving, the most typical reason for a traffic stop is speeding. But the law isn’t so simple as “if you drive fast, you are speeding” or anything like that. As with all laws, Arizona speeding statutes are subject to a wide range of interpretation.
The most common speeding statute in Arizona is A.R.S. section 28-701(A), which states:
A person shall not drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the circumstances, conditions and actual and potential hazards then existing. A person shall control the speed of a vehicle as necessary to avoid colliding with any object, person, vehicle or other conveyance on, entering or adjacent to the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to exercise reasonable care for the protection of others.
There are two sentences, noting two distinct types of violations. The first is a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the circumstances. The second relates to controlling the speed of a vehicle as necessary to avoid collision. Either one creates liability on the part of the driver. And driving in excess of the posted speed limit is also sufficient cause for you to be pulled over and cited. Then there’s criminal speeding which most commonly occurs where a person drives in excess of 85 miles per hour.
No matter what the type of speeding violation, an office can pull you over. Once you’re pulled over, the officer will be looking for evidence of other crimes. Transporting drugs? DUI? Possession of drug paraphernalia? Illegal weapons? The list goes on.
If you want high quality traffic ticket defense, or you got charged with a more serious Arizona crime, call Griffen & Stevens Law Firm, PLLC today, or fill out the form at the top of the page.