Vaughan S. Winborne is a sole practitioner in Flagstaff Arizona, so you don’t have to worry about your case being passed along to junior staff. He sees clients in Northern Arizona, and previously practiced in Hawaii and North Carolina.
Traffic Violations in Flagstaff and Northern Arizona
Traffic violations are committed when a driver breaks traffic laws while on the road. While punishments, such as the cost of a speeding fine or the penalty for running a red light, vary by state, all states have consequences for basic violations. Being pulled over for speeding, running a red light, or texting while driving all carry penalties in Arizona, which differ based on the severity of the infraction.
Speeding and Criminal Speeding – Every state has laws prohibiting speeding. Speeding on highways, speeding in school zones, or speeding in construction zones can carry particularly severe penalties in Arizona. While you may get a just speeding ticket for going 10 miles per hour over the posted limit, when that number climbs or takes place in a restricted zone the cost of the violation will climb with it. For example, very high speeds can constitute a criminal act and may carry jail sentences and large fines.
In Arizona, there are three types of speed limit regulations courts may consider when issuing a ticket:
- Basic Speeding Law: This is based on speed safety more than speed limits. For example, driving the speed limit during a blizzard may still be a moving violation if it is deemed that the road conditions made that speed unsafe.
- Prima Facie Speed Limits: These come into play if the driver could reasonably presume that the speed they were going was as safe or safer than the limit. A driver going slightly over the speed limit on a traffic-free road in good weather, for instance, could argue that driving faster posed no risk.
- Absolute Speed Limits: These exist when extenuating circumstances are present, meaning the posted speed limit must be adhered to.
Red Light Violation – Traffic signals are essential to keeping roadways flowing smoothly, and as such are highly regulated in every state. Running a red light in Northern Arizona can carry fines up to $250 and add points to your driver’s license. Additionally, the penalty for running a red light could include having to attend traffic school for defensive driving courses or even incurring a reckless driving conviction. For a driver with prior offenses, these punishments can be more severe.
Texting Violation – Most states have laws prohibiting texting while driving. In Flagstaff, AZ, an ordinance is in place that prohibits the use of cell phones to text or talk while driving. If a driver is caught texting or using the phone while on the road, it is seen as a violation of civil traffic laws and often results in fines ranging from $100 to $250. Penalties for texting while driving can become much more severe if the driver’s distraction results in a car accident.
Whether you have previous driving offenses or have never had a ticket, traffic violations can heavily impact your life. Attorney Vaughan S. Winborne helps everyone from teenage drivers to senior citizens successfully argue moving violation cases, so you can stay on the road and avoid costly fines.
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