Understanding Arizona’s Excessive Speeding Laws: A.R.S. 28-701.02

Excessive speeding in Arizona is a misdemeanor.

The Law Surrounding Excessive Speeding in Arizona


In the state of Arizona, posted speed limits help ensure the safety of everyone on the road. A.R.S. 28-701.02 outlines specific regulations regarding excessive speeds, aiming to maintain a secure environment for both drivers and pedestrians. Read on the discover the important elements of this statute:

School Crossings: When approaching a school crossing, it is crucial to exercise caution. This statute prohibits exceeding 35 miles per hour around school crossing zones.

Business and Residential Districts: In areas designated as business or residential districts, motorists should not surpass the posted speed limit by more than 20 miles per hour. If there is no posted speed limit, drivers should not surpass 45 miles per hour.

Exceeding Speed Limits: Regardless of the location, exceeding the posted speed limit by more than 20 miles per hour is prohibited.

Penalties: While excessive speeding is not a felony offense, it still constitutes a class 3 misdemeanor in Arizona. This means that those found guilty of excessive speeding may face up to 30 days in jail, $500 in fines, and up to a year of probation.

No Double Jeopardy: It’s important to note that if someone is charged with a violation of A.R.S. 28-701.02, they cannot be issued a civil complaint for a violation based on the same circumstances. This provision ensures that individuals are not subjected to multiple penalties for a single incident of speeding.

A.R.S 28-701.02 may be read in full here.



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