New Driving Laws in Arizona

by Doug Zanes | Last Updated: October 21, 2015

Seven New Driving Laws in Arizona

Just when you think you’ve got driving down and all the laws and rules that come with it, you discover something new!

2015 brought a lot of change to the state of Arizona and Arizona lawmakers proposed a lot of changes to the state’s driving laws, though only a few of them actually made the cut…

Here are the seven changes that driver’s need to be keenly aware of, if you are not already:

  1. Motorcyclists:

They can only carry a passenger if the bike is “designed” to do so…However, lawmakers repealed a law that specifically required handrails for bike passengers….

Passengers – hold your drivers tight!

  1. Pedestrians

They are banned from hitting crosswalk buttons just to stop traffic. This was done in an effort to curb panhandling.

  1. Ape Hangers (no monkeys involved 🙂 )

They are legal on motorcycles

It was previously illegal to have handlebars above the rider’s shoulders.

  1. Classic Car Plates

They can be customized but only one Arizona DB-5 owner can be “007”… everyone else is a copycat, wannabe…

  1. Three-Wheeled Cars

They don’t require a motorcycle license…

It turns out that we’ve all been driving our Reliant Robins illegally for years, because any vehicle with three wheels in Arizona has required a motorcycle license to operate…

Ride on vigilantes…

  1. Defensive Driving School

This can now be done once a year!

Previously, you could only attend defensive driving school to wipe a ticket from your record once every two years…

We still HIGHLY recommend you drive responsibly regardless of your “get out of ticket” pass.

  1. REAL ID

Arizona is now giving people the option to get federally compliant licenses, which allow people to board airplanes and get into bars…

If you have a license with 100 year expiration, you will get turned down for entrance at the local bar.

This affects drivers as the license is only valid for eight years, unlike the previous licenses, which are good for most of your life…

At least you’re only stuck with a record of your bad hair for only 8 years…

Doug Zanes
Doug Zanes: Founding Attorney Raised in Douglas, Arizona, and went to college at Arizona State University and graduated from law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in Texas. Doug began practicing law in Phoenix Arizona in 1997.
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