New Year’s Safety Resolutions – Slow Down in 2017 and Make the Road Safer for Everyone
Road safety should be of the utmost importance to every motorist on the road, and that includes things like speeding. But over the holidays, it can be easy to forget about the odometer while racing off to holiday parties or to visit family.
Most cases of speeding this holiday season will result in civil speeding tickets. These are the tickets that almost everyone receives at some point in their lives. They’re fairly minor offenses and so are their penalties. However, when excessive speed is the problem, especially when that speed is in a specific area such as a school zone, the charges turn more serious because the damage could be much more severe.
In Arizona, there are three different types of cases that could result in the more serious criminal speeding charge:
- Driving at a speed over 35mph in a school zone
- Driving at speeds over 20mph over the posted speed limit. If there is no posted speed limit, such as in rural areas, any speed over 45mph will be used.
- Traveling at speeds over 85mph on highways and freeways.
Of the three criminal speeding cases, traveling at speeds over 85mph is the most common.
Penalties for criminal speeding in Arizona
In Arizona criminal speeding is considered a Class 3 misdemeanor and as such, carries some pretty hefty penalties including up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. In addition to this however, offenders also face:
- 3 points on license
- Possible license suspension, especially when there are already points on the license
- An increase in insurance
- Having to leave the car at the scene or having it towed
- Possible arrest (this is only in rare cases, but due to the criminal aspect of the charge, it is a possibility)
These penalties range from minor to severe but if you are found guilty, that conviction stays on your permanent record; and that may be the worst punishment of all. In Arizona, it is impossible to have a criminal speeding charge expunged from your record.
Don’t let one mistake or one late dinner follow you around for the rest of your life. This New Year’s, make the resolution to follow speed limits, and to maintain a safe speed at all times. It’s the only way to ensure safety on the roads, and help everyone have a good new year.
If you find yourself in a speeding accident due to someone else negligence, call Breyer Law Offices, P.C. at (602) 267-1280 to speak with one of our representatives. We want to help make the New Year as safe as possible for everyone, and we’re standing by!