Speed & Aggressive Driving
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety places a priority in funding enforcement campaigns targeting speeding and aggressive drivers. Speeding is one of the top three causes of deaths on Arizona’s roads and highways (the others being impaired driving and failure to be properly restrained).
Speed related crashes continue to be a leading cause of all traffic fatalities in Arizona. In 2011, speed related fatalities accounted for 35.64 percent of all traffic fatalities. Speed related traffic fatalities increased 12.21 percent from 2010 to 294 deaths in 2011. Over the five year period from 2007 to 2011, speed related fatalities decreased 12.50 percent. (http://www.azdot.gov/mvd/statistics/crash/PDF/11crashfacts.pdf and http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ncsa/STSI/4_AZ/2011/4_AZ_2011.htm)
In Fiscal Year 2011, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety provided $1,132,985 in funding to law enforcement agencies to enforce Arizona’s speed and aggressive driving laws.
Nationally, there were 10,395 speed-related deaths, accounting for 32 percent of the overall traffic fatalities in 2010. (http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811636.pdf)
Arizona is one of only 11 states to have specific laws targeting aggressive driving (ARS § 28-693). These laws define aggressive driving as speeding and at least two of the following: failure to obey a traffic control device, passing on the right out of regular lanes of traffic, unsafe lane change, following too closely, failure to yield right of way and is an immediate hazard to another person or vehicle. The GOHS devotes funding to law enforcement agencies to combat aggressive driving through overtime and unmarked enforcement vehicles.