Zero Tolerance in Safety Corridors

by Aaron Black • February 24, 2017
Zero tolerance in Safety CorridorsHave you noticed new “Entering Safety Corridor” signs along the I-10 in downtown Phoenix? In a push to enforce “hazardous violations” such as unsafe lane changes, speeding, driving under the influence (DUI) and tailgating, state troopers will be enforcing zero tolerance along many corridors in Phoenix.

According to the Phoenix New Times, the safety corridors are an effort by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety to make the roads safer for everyone by reducing fatalities, severe injuries and crashes in general. View ADOT’s safety corridor map to learn more.

Many of the corridors marked for zero tolerance are known areas for DWI’s, aggressive driving and driving without a seatbelt. In addition, Troopers may also pull you over for going just a few miles per hour over the speed limit which generally is a pretext to check for impaired driving or other reasons that are generally unrelated to speeding.

Funded by a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, State Troopers aren’t the only thing you need to be aware of as the $120,000 grant also includes aircraft to assist in patrolling the corridors.

Civil, Criminal speeding tickets and a DUI

  • A civil speeding ticket is issued for typical moving violations such as speeding, running a red light or failure to yield. In addition to fines and an 83% surcharge, depending on the violation you will receive between 3-4 points on your license.
     
  • A criminal speeding ticket is of course far more serious than a civil ticket. Criminal speeding is considered a class 3 misdemeanor. The maximum penalty can result in 30 days in jail, $500 fine, up to one year of probation and an 83% surcharge. A ticket of this nature involves going 20 mph over the posted speed limit or exceeding 85 mph anywhere in the state.
     
  • A DUI in Phoenix regardless of whether it’s a first-time offense carries stiff penalties. With some of the harshest penalties in the nation a first-time misdemeanor for driving under the influence (under .15 Blood Alcohol Content - BAC) alone carries a minimum of 10 days in jail, fines and the Ignition interlock device. Factor in a simple car accident where drugs or alcohol were involved and the charges become more serious especially if a person was injured or worse yet killed.
A civil speeding citation generally doesn’t warrant a criminal defense attorney however if you have been charged with a criminal speeding ticket or a DUI I encourage you to seek legal representation.

Drive safely not just in the safe corridors rather anytime that you get behind the wheel of a car.

If you have been charged with criminal speeding or a DUI contact the Law Office of Aaron Black for a free consultation today at (480)729-1683.
 

About the Author

Aaron Black is the founder and sole attorney of the Law Office of Aaron Black. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, his DUI and criminal defense law firm provides legal services to people who have received felony or misdemeanor charges from the state.

Aaron has developed a strong interest in defending people who have been arrested and received criminal charges for driving under the influence. With his professionalism and knowledge of Arizona DUI and criminal law, he has acted as a check and balance on the police, prosecution and courts and has protected a great number of his clients from excessive and unfair sentencing.

Along with DUI defense, Aaron handles a range of other criminal matters, including aggravated assault, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, drug trafficking, fraud defense, insurance fraud, sex crimes and white-collar crime.

After graduating college in 2003 from the University of Arizona, Aaron decided to pursue a law degree. He followed a family long tradition and went to the University of South Dakota School of Law where he pursued his goal of becoming a criminal defense lawyer.

After passing the Arizona and South Dakota bar exams, Aaron joined the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender where he defended hundreds of people charged with serious criminal offenses. His work as a public defender helped him sharpen his litigation skills and gave him a unique insight into the Arizona criminal justice system.

Over the course of his 15-year legal career, Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in both Arizona justice, municipal, state and federal courts. He has argued over 50 jury trials, tried over 100 bench trials and has become one of the highest-rated criminal and DUI defense attorneys in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. He has received a 10/10 rating from the legal directory Avvo because of his legal background and successful case record. Since 2014, he has received the Super Lawyer rating for his work as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.

You can review Aaron’s Attorney Bio page for more information about his background, education and experience as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.
 
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