Arizona among most strict on speeding and reckless driving

Published: Jul. 21, 2015 at 7:11 PM MST|Updated: Aug. 5, 2015 at 12:28 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Arizona is the second toughest state in the nation when it comes to speeding and reckless driving penalties.

According to a new study by the personal finance website WalletHub, Arizona is also the 9th toughest when it comes to considering speeding a form of reckless driving.

Arizona also ranks among the top 10 states for fines and jail time for reckless driving.

However, the state has recently changed the law so drivers can attend traffic school more often, up to once a year, to get out of a speeding ticket.

This November, voters in the City of Tucson could also vote to ban red-light cameras.

Some Tucsonans said they don't like red light cameras, but they see other areas they'd like more enforcement.

Many are not so concerned about speeders, as they are people who text and drive or who don't know the driving laws.

Some even want drivers to be tested on the laws at least every five years.

Regardless, traffic tickets stories seem to be the norm.

"It was just like a little too much over and he still wrote me the ticket," said Tucsonan Brad Schall. "And there was nobody on the street. It was $367, so it wasn't a cheap ticket."

Helen Dominguez has been caught by a speed camera and said she thinks the $195 fine was excessive, but she also thinks too many Tucson drivers don't know the traffic laws.

She said she is particularly concerned about people who drive in the bicycle lane.

"My son is a cyclist. He's been hit three times," Dominguez said. "I am very very grateful he hasn't been injured horribly like some of the other bicyclists have been. So I really think that law enforcement needs to ticket some of those dumb maneuvers that drivers do, and lay off the lead-footers."

Still, Dominguez said with so many "bad Tucson drivers," she has a hard time saying the laws are too strict.

"I think what would help more than cameras would be more policemen on the street, looking a the behavior of drivers," said Tucsonan Therese Rubink.

This would weed out those who text and driver or are reckless, she said.

"They're [reckless drivers] speeding and changing lanes and braking and quick running over the other lane, and just kind of disrupting the whole flow of everything," Rubink said.

Arizona laws may be strict when it comes to speeding and reckless driving, but police said Tucson has already had nearly twice the number of traffic deaths as the city did at this same time last year.