10 of the Most Interesting Arizona Traffic Laws
Driving in Arizona can be an adventure. From the magnificent sights and highways to the sheer number of people living in the desert, there's always plenty to do. But getting to those places means you're going to need to drive quite a bit, and Arizona has many different laws when it comes to being on the road.
A lot of those laws are pretty common, some are commonly forgotten, and others are relics of a bygone era. Let's check out some of the most interesting ones.
Laws We Tend To Forget About
Not every law on the books is the most interesting, but these are a few that will be pretty interesting when pulled over because you forgot.
- When turning left, you must turn into the closest lane. A lot of people will say they know this one, but most people tend to forget about it when they're driving. It's simple rules like this that the police watch out for when making a stop. The same can be applied to right turns; you must avoid making a wide, sweeping turn.
- Driving through private property to avoid traffic rules and devices is against the law, too. This includes driving through that corner gas station to avoid waiting at an intersection.
Unique Arizona Laws
Every state has its share of weird laws, but only Arizona has the Stupid Motorist Law.
- The Stupid Motorist Law has been around since 1995 and says that anyone that willingly bypasses barricades, gets trapped in a flooded area and requires emergency services for rescue is liable for the costs.
- You can have a race in Arizona ... with authorization. Don't start your engines just yet, but if whomever holds jurisdiction over an area OKs it, you can organize a race.
In Arizona, We Ride Horses
It only makes sense for Arizona to have a long list of rules involving animals on the road. Cattle is one of the famous “Five C’s” of the Arizona economy.
- While riding an animal or a carriage drawn by animals, you have the same rights and responsibilities as someone in a vehicle.
- You can't spook a horse that someone is riding.
Motorcycles and Arizona Helmet Law
The summer months may not be the most popular time for a joyride, but there are still some things to keep in mind:
- If you're over 18, Arizona state law says you don't need to wear a helmet to ride a motorcycle, but you do need protective glasses or have a windshield. It's probably a good idea to wear a helmet.
- It is illegal to ride a motorcycle where the handlebars cause your hands to be above your shoulders.
- Turn signals are not required on a motorcycle, so be sure to use hand signals when riding and watch out for motorcyclists on the roadway.
Cellphones and Driving
Laws against the use of cellphones while driving have been taking small steps, with a new one coming into play earlier this year.
- Arizona is actually one of the few states without a broad texting-while-driving ban, but a step was taken earlier this year to ban cellphone use for drivers that just got their licenses. Tucson took it a step further in May, banning all handheld cellphone use.
Valley Chevy Dealers
Following the Arizona traffic laws is a good way to stay safe on the road. For more tips for handling Arizona roadways, check out more articles from your Valley Chevy Dealers.