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Serious traffic offenses that may cause you to lose your license

Certain traffic offenses in Arizona can lead to the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. Understanding these offenses can help you avoid losing your driving privileges.

Arizona’s points system

Arizona uses a point system to track driving violations. Accumulating too many points within a specified period can result in license suspension. Serious offenses like DUIs or reckless driving add more points.

Excessive speeding

Excessive speeding is driving over 20 mph above the posted speed limit or over 85 mph in any location. Arizona treats excessive speeding as a criminal offense, reflecting its serious view on road safety.

Driving under the influence (DUI)

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is one of the most severe offenses. If caught with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, or impaired by drugs, you face severe penalties. 

Reckless driving

Reckless driving involves operating a vehicle with willful disregard for the safety of persons or property. A conviction can result in license suspension. 

Racing on highways

Participating in or organizing illegal street races is a serious offense. Racing on highways is dangerous and a criminal act that can lead to immediate license suspension and other significant penalties.

Leaving the scene of an accident

If involved in an accident, leaving the scene can result in severe consequences. Hit-and-run offenses, especially those involving injuries or fatalities, lead to license revocation.


Avoiding these serious traffic offenses is crucial to maintaining your driving privileges in Arizona. Understanding the consequences can help you keep your license in good standing.