Speed & Aggressive Driving


The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) 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 other top two are driving impaired (DUI) and failure to be properly restrained (Occupant Protection)). 

Speed related crashes continue to be a leading cause of all traffic fatalities in Arizona.  In 2014, speed related fatalities accounted for 30.9% of all traffic fatalities (774).  Speed related traffic fatalities decreased 0.9% in 2014 (239) compared to 2013 (266).  Source:  Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts 

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, unmarked enforcement vehicles, and speed-detection equipment.  In Federal Fiscal Year 2014, the GOHS provided over $2.4M in funding to law enforcement agencies to enforce Arizona's speed and aggressive driving laws. 

Traffic Safety Performance (Core Outcome) Measures* For Arizona
  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Total Traffic Fatalities 806 759 826 821 849
Speed-related Fatalities 293 262 299 302 290
Percent of Total 36.35% 34.52% 36.20% 36.78% 34.16%
Source:  NHTSA & FARS 2009-2013 ARF
         

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) releases Traffic Safety Facts Publications on various subjects.  Click the links below to read more. 

Speeding - 2013 National Data.  Published June 2015.

Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2014 - A Brief Statistical Summary.  Published June 2015.