Every jurisdiction in every state across the U.S. has incorporated its own statutes for traffic violations, and assess its own citation amounts for those infractions, within reason. The state of Arizona is no different, with its own legislation regarding traffic fines and forfeitures. Arizona also uses a couple of different methods in order to catch speeders in city and state traffic, including stationary traffic cameras that have the ability to monitor a vehicle’s speed while recording the information necessary to issue a ticket. Officers also have certain guidelines they follow in order to assess a value to a speeding ticket when they pull someone over in the state of Arizona. So, how much are speeding tickets in Arizona and what are the rules?
If you’re Pulled Over by an Officer
If you get pulled over by an Arizona law enforcement officer, you are basically at the officer’s mercy as to whether or not you are issued a ticket, not to mention the fact that the officer has the ability to determine the amount of the ticket according to the speed you are traveling, how far it is is over the speed limit, and the amount of resistance you give the officer while he or she is trying to assess the violation.
Usually, in Arizona, there is a formula police officers use to determine the amount of your speeding ticket which depends on your speed. In most cases, a vehicle won’t be pulled over if the speed is going 10 miles per hour over the speed limit or less, unless the car or driver exhibits a cause for the vehicle to be stopped, such as signs of driver impairment, or an equipment issue that may make the car unsafe to be on the road. However, if the vehicle is caught on a radar device doing over 10 miles per hour past the speed limit, the penalties for speeding rise quickly and are considerably costly.
- A ticket for 10 m.p.h. over the speed limit starts at a fine of $250.00, and typically raises by $50 for every 5 m.p.h. over 10.
- At 20 miles an hour over the posted speed limit, the ticket can be raised by as much as $200.00, and the driver is subject to having his or her license automatically suspended or revoked at the time of the traffic stop.
The amount assessed to a speeding ticket changes, however, if the driver was caught speeding by one of the stationary traffic cameras. The fines that come in the mail are a set rate of $165.00, plus up to $30.00 in surcharges and fees. These tickets arrive via certified mail, and are usually argued in traffic court.
If you are facing a traffic ticket or fine in Arizona, you may want to consult with an attorney who specializes in traffic cases. Your lawyer can explain any potential penalties you face and can assist you in deciding whether to plead guilty, accept a plea, or argue your innocence in court.