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Do not underestimate the serious nature of traffic violations

Unlike criminal charges, traffic violations may not ultimately result in jail time and other serious penalties, but they may still have a significant impact on your life. When facing certain traffic violations, you would be wise not to underestimate the potential impact that they may have, but take the steps necessary to fully protect your interests.

In Arizona, traffic violations can come with financial penalties and perhaps even present a threat to a person's right to drive. No matter which type of violation you are currently facing, you would be wise to know how you should deal with your situation and shield yourself from penalties and consequences.

Traveling Safety Corridors may endanger your driving record

The people of Arizona are friendly and welcoming, and the atmosphere is generally casual and relaxed. However, one thing the state takes seriously is the speed limit. You probably figured that out pretty quickly, even if you aren't native to the area.

Over the past few months, you may have heard that the Arizona Department of Transportation has partnered with the Department of Public Safety and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety to implement Safety Corridors throughout the state. These zero-tolerance zones are designated to be heavily patrolled by law enforcement who will stop and ticket you for the least infraction of traffic safety rules.

Snowbirds and vehicle registration laws in Arizona

Many retirees come to Arizona during the winter to escape the cold temperatures back home, and while some snowbirds spend six or seven months in the state, many fail to properly register their vehicles. State laws require that any individual living in the state for seven months or longer in one calendar year properly register his or her vehicle.

Reckless driving: A traffic ticket that is a criminal offense

Some traffic tickets need to be treated more seriously than others. One example is reckless driving, which is a misdemeanor in Arizona.

A misdemeanor is a criminal offense that could result in jail time, driver's license suspension, and a permanent criminal record. A misdemeanor conviction could affect much more than your insurance rates. It could affect your employment. Your employer's insurance company may not cover you in company vehicles if you have a conviction for reckless driving.

What happens if I don't pay a traffic ticket?

No one likes to pay a traffic ticket. Some go so far as to ignore the ticket, hoping it will fall through the cracks of the court system. People who live in other states may think that the local government will not pursue them if they are not a resident.

Unfortunately, not paying a traffic ticket can lead to several unpleasant surprises.

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