Safety Laws in Arizona
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Anyone sitting in the front seat of a vehicle built after 1972 must at least have their lap belt properly adjusted and fastened. If a shoulder belt is also available, that must be properly adjusted and fastened, as well.
Drivers may be nailed with a citation if a front-seat passenger under the age of 16 is not wearing a seat belt.
Those with a physical or medical disability waiver are exempt from this rule.
When riding in a vehicle, all children under the age of five must be properly secured in a child restraint device meeting federal standards. The driver can be assessed with a $50 penalty for failing to take this action.
However, this law doesn't apply to children riding in a vehicle manufactured before 1972, school bus, public transportation vehicle, or a recreational vehicle.
Although that is the extent of the Arizona law, protecting a child in a vehicle doesn't stop there. The state provides helpful information on how to protect child passengers.
Additionally, if you spot a vehicle with a passenger under eight years old who appears not to be properly restrained, you can report the driver by calling (800) 505-BABY. Be sure to know the vehicle's license plate number and state, the location, and where the child was sitting.
If you're in the market for one, you can shop online for a child car seat at any time. When ordering, be sure the car seat matches your child's height, weight and age.
Anyone operating a motorcycle must wear protective glasses, goggles, or a transparent faceshield. Drivers are exempt from this, though, if their bike has a protective windshield.
Drivers and riders under 18 must wear a helmet.
School bus drivers aren't allowed to use cell phones when driving a school bus, unless it's for emergency purposes.
No driver may send text messages while behind the wheel, unless they're communicating with emergency personnel.
Drivers must have their headlights on between sunset and sunrise.
You may report an excessively aggressive driver by contacting the local police department, or calling 911 if it's an emergency.
If you spot a driver who appears to be driving while under the influence, call 911 if it appears to be an emergency situation. If it isn't, report the driver by calling the Department of Public Safety at (602) 223-2000.
Before calling, try to get information such as the vehicle's license plate number, make, model, and current location, if possible.
If you intentionally or recklessly leave an animal in your vehicle in a situation where injury or death is likely to occur, you may be cited for a criminal offense. Authorities are allowed to take action to open the vehicle in situations where such action is merited.
If you notice an unattended animal in a vehicle and believe the animal may be in danger, call the local authorities and report it. Be sure to have the proper information ready, such as the location and description of the vehicle.
Other Topics in This Section
- Traffic Alerts
- 511 Traffic Systems
- Tire Recalls
- Safety Laws
- How Emotions Affect Driving
- Driving in Hazardous Conditions
- Teen Drivers: A Beginner's Guide
- Seniors: When To Turn Over The Car Keys
- Packing Your First-Aid Kit
- Seven Senior Safety Suggestions
- Wildlife on the Road
- When to Call Wildlife Rescue
- Taking A Mature Driver Course
- Medications & Driving
- Night Driving
- Hallucinations on the Road
- How To Drive Distraction Free
- Treating Motion Sickness
- Road Rage: How To Deal With It
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