A Guide to Arizona Traffic and DUI Laws

Scope & Access

This guide includes information for individuals representing themselves in court in defense of a driving violation as well as students who are interested in the general law of Arizona. The guide provides information from the state and federal government and provides citations to both print and electronic resources. The call numbers on this page link to Ross-Blakley Law Library catalog records, which provide information about location, availability, and currency of each item in the Law Library.  For Visitors to the Ross-Blakely law Library, there is patron access to WestlawNext  Patron Access and LexisNexis Academic in the reading room area of the library. 
 

Books

  

  • Representing Yourself: Appealing a Civil Traffic Case to the Superior Court
    A guide on how to appeal a civil traffic case from a Justice Court or Municipal Court to the Superior Court.
    Available on the 
    Arizona Judicial Branch website
    Law Library: KFA2930.A9 R461 2008
  • Representing Yourself: Appealing a Criminal Case to the Superior Court
    A guide on how to appeal a criminal case (including criminal traffic cases) from a Justice Court or Municipal Court to the Superior Court.
    Available on the 
    Arizona Judicial Branch website 
    Law Library: KFA2930.A9 R462 2008
  • Arizona Criminal and Traffic Law Manual
    A
    compilation of selected laws of Arizona.
    Law Library:
    KFA2430.5 .M52
  • Arizona DUI: A Manual for Police, Lawyers and Judges by Jefferson Landlord
    Law Library:
    KFA2697.8 .Z9
  •  DUI
    Seminar materials from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Alumni Association held Friday, September 7, 2007, Arizona State University campus, Tempe, Arizona
    Law Library:
    KFA2697.8.A75 D96
  • DUI and Other Traffic Offenses
    Continuing legal education materials from seminar held on Friday, September 8, 2006 in Tucson, Arizona conducted by State Bar of Arizona, Continuing Legal Education
    Law Library:
    KFA2697.8.A75 D97 2006
  • DUI Reference Manual
    A publication of the Judicial College of Arizona, prepared and published by the Education Services Division of the Administrative Office of the Courts of the Arizona Supreme Court
    Law Library:
    KFA2697.8.A75 D88 2006
  • Arizona DUI Trial Notebook by Bruce H. Chalk, Christina Cabanillas, C. Daniel Carrion, Daniel S. Jurkowitz
    Law Library:
    KFA2697.8.A75 A7 2005
  • Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System (9th ed. 2007), by Paul Bergman & Sara J. Berman-Barrett
    electronic book (6th ed. 2005) available through ebrary to ASU library users, students, faculty, and staff.
    Law Library:   KF9619.6 .B47 2008
  • Nolo's Encyclopedia of Everyday Law: Answers to your Most Frequently Asked Questions, by Shae Irving
    Law Library:
    KF387 .N65 2008 (5th ed.)
  • Arizona Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook by Louis M. Diesel, Donald H. Bayles, and Daniel T. Benchoff
    Law Library:
    KF2231 .T39 2000
  • Arizona DUI Trial Book: A Reference of Cases and Other Material by Rick Poster
    Law Library:
    KFA2697.8.A75 A7 1999
  • Defense of Drunk Driving Cases: Criminal - Civil / by Richard E. Erwin et al.
    Law Library: KF8925.T7 E7 1971
  • Drinking/Driving Litigation: Criminal and Civil / by Donald H. Nichols & Flem K. Whited
    Law Library:
    KF2231 .N53 1998
  • American Jurisprudence: Driving While Intoxicated
    Law Library:
    KF154 .A42 (vol. 7A, Autos §§ 332–339)

 

Arizona Statutes


The traffic and violations related to driving are located in
Title 28 – Transportation of the Arizona Revised Statutes.
Accessible online at:

Statutes are available in print in the law library in the following locations:

§  Arizona Reference collection (1st floor reading room)

§  Law Core (1st floor reading room)

§  State Collection (3rd floor) Arizona section, KFA2430.5 .M52.

 

Helpful Websites

Arizona Department of Public Safety
DUI – Home page: Menu on right side of page with links to Arizona DUI Laws, National DUI statistics, prevention programs, repeat offender programs, DUI enforcement unit, Drug Recognition Expert Program, and the Law Enforcement Phlebotomy Program.  

Arizona Department of Transportation: Motor Vehicle Division
Explains: revocation, suspension, traffic school, points assessment, driving on a suspended or revoked license, DUI, DUI penalties, aggressive driving, red-light running,  failure to stop at an accident. Also on the ADOT website are links to the
Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Fact summaries for the years 1997 to 2005. These comprehensive summaries contain a multitude of facts and statistics about crashes including information about time of day, highlights and historical data, weather conditions, geographic location, pedestrian involved crashes, DUI involved incidents, motorcycle crashes, and fatalities. The summaries contain charts, tables, and graphs to illustrate and explain the crash statistics.

Arizona Driver's License Manual
Arizona Driver License Manual and Customer Service Guide in English 
Manual para la Licencia de Manejar de Arizona y Guía de Servicio al Cliente en Español

Arizona Revised Statutes 
The traffic and violations related to driving are generally located in 
Title 28 – Transportation.


Governors Office of Highway Safety
Links to Arizona DUI fines, statutes, impaired driving information, Arizona Drug Recognition Expert, seat belt statistics, speed and traffic safety, motorcycle safety, legislative summary, teens and young adults, and bike and pedestrian information.  This site also has information about the Governor's Children Are Precious Passengers (CAPP) program. CAPP is designed to increase the awareness of and compliance to child seat usage guidelines and requirements.


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
The IIHS website provides information about highway safety including laws and statistics. Users can view traffic laws of the various states by topic, and research studies conducted by the IIHS. There are also statistics available on a variety of subjects.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 
Has information on driver safety and crash test and rollover results. Information on traffic safety, vehicles and research. Access to information on tire ratings, crash tests, rollover information, fatal alcohol related accident statistics, other data on safety issues related to driving.

Service Arizona 
Online services for motorists
Drivers license information, title and registration; access to forms and manuals.

StopDUIAZ.com
This website is sponsored by Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and has information about the Arizona laws and penalties concerning driving while under the influence of alcohol. The site provides links to statistics, articles and government agencies. There are mug shots of individuals who have been convicted of DUI offenses in the cities of Glendale, Peoria, Scottsdale and Tempe. Contains a special section outlining the penalty of conviction if individual is under the age of 21. 

Forms & Self-Help


Maricopa County Superior Court
  
Maricopa County Superior Court Self-Service Center 
 

Arizona Department of Transportation Forms and Publication online  
Provides access to 150 forms and publications. Forms can be searched and sorted by form name, form number, category, by commercial license, vehicle or drivers services. 

Cities, Courts & Other Services


Arizona Justice Court - Traffic Violations
 
Follow the link for “Traffic Violations”.  Includes information on civil and criminal traffic violations, violator rights and a link to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division.

City of Avondale Civil Traffic Tickets  
This page provides the options a driver has upon receiving a traffic citation in the city of Avondale, Arizona.

City of Chandler Civil Traffic Charges 
This webpage gives you the options as provided by the city of Chandler upon receiving a traffic violation and explains the process of resolving those violations.

City of Fountain Hills Civil Traffic Court 
This is link to the Fountain Hills Municipal Court website which contains information about traffic violations and resolutions of tickets in Fountain Hills.

City of Gilbert Arizona Civil Traffic Court  
This is the website of the City of Gilbert's civil traffic court. It explains options when after receiving ticket, courts locations and hours.

City of Glendale Arizona Civil Traffic Court & Parking Violations  
This is the traffic and parking violations page of the Glendale, Arizona court.

City of Mesa Traffic Violations  
Contains information about how to resolve citations in the city of Mesa, Arizona.

Flagstaff Municipal Court (Coconino County, Arizona) 
Defensive Driving/Traffic Schools in Coconino County accessible at 
http://www.coconino.az.gov/courts.aspx?id=245. Contains information about driving schools and traffic courts in the following cities: Flagstaff, Fredonia, Page and Williams.
  
City of Phoenix Municipal Court 
Municipal Court, minor criminal or civil traffic violations information including information defining possible pleas.
Phoenix defensive driving program information can be found at 
http://www.ci.phoenix.az.us/COURT/defdrive.html. Includes information eligibility and registration. Has descriptions, locations and links to Arizona driving programs.
 

Scottsdale City Court 
Handles civil traffic violations within the city of Scottsdale. Specific information available from the civil traffic cases webpage at 
http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/courts/civil.asp. Information available regarding the procedure of resolving or disputing a traffic ticket including those involving insurance, registration, drivers' license, and equipment violations. Information about Scottsdale's defensive driving schools and how to enroll can be found athttp://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/courts/drivingclass.asp. To resolve “Photo Enforcement complaint” consult the Photo Radarwebpage.

City of Tempe City Court - Civil/Traffic Tickets 
Includes information regarding how to resolve traffic tickets including various plea options, defensive driving school, and appeals. A table to discern what fine is due per code violation consult 
http://www.tempe.gov/index.aspx?page=676

Tucson City Court Civil Traffic Court Information 
Follow the link for “Civil Traffic Court Information”. 

Tucson Traffic School Information

Has information about eligibility and advantages of attending traffic school. Also, provides a link to internet registration.

 
updated 5/2014

  

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