In Arizona, driving offenses come with consequences beyond fines and court appearances. You can also accumulate license points that impact your driving privileges.
Understanding the offenses that result in points can help you avoid driver’s license suspension.
Speeding is one of the most common offenses that lead to license points. More than 20,000 injuries and 426 deaths in Arizona resulted from speed-related accidents in 2022 alone.
Exceeding the speed limit by a certain amount results in points. The higher your speed, the more points you can possibly receive.
Operating a vehicle with willful disregard for the safety of others constitutes reckless driving. For example, you can receive this type of charge for running a red light.
Reckless driving incidents often result in immediate consequences because of their dangerous nature. This serious offense carries hefty fines and adds points to your driving record.
Driving under the influence
Driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs is a severe offense with severe consequences. DUI convictions result in license points, fines, mandatory alcohol education programs and even jail time. Repeat offenses carry extended license suspension.
Tailgating, changing lanes abruptly and excessive speeding are examples of aggressive driving. These actions can lead to road rage incidents and accidents. The state punishes aggressive driving offenses with license points as well as fines.
You can protect your driving privileges by following Arizona laws when behind the wheel. If you receive a conviction that results in points, you risk losing your license for months or even years.