What is Racing in Arizona?

What is the definition of racing?

Racing is prohibited by A.R.S. § 28-708(A) which states “A person shall not drive a vehicle or participate in any manner in a race, speed competition or contest, drag race or acceleration contest, test of physical endurance or exhibition of speed or acceleration or for the purpose of making a speed record on a street or highway.”  What this means is that if a cop sees you racing your buddy on any road, you will get a ticket for racing.  Even if a cop sees you drive or accelerate quickly by yourself, you could get a ticket for racing, except it would probably be called exhibition of speed instead.

What are the consequences if found guilty of racing?

Racing on a street or highway is a class 1 misdemeanor. If convicted, a driver faces a fine of not less than $250, possibly some community service, and driving privileges could be suspended for up to 90 days. A driver who is convicted of racing a second time faces a fine of not less than $500 along with the community service and license suspension. If the second conviction is within 24 months of the first, the driver “is guilty of a class 6 felony and is not eligible for probation, pardon, suspension of sentence or release on any other basis until the person has served not less than ten days in jail or prison” and the driver’s driving privileges will be revoked.

If a driver is convicted of racing, the court will notify the MVD who will assess 8 points on the driver’s license, triggering an order from the MVD that the driver attend an 8-hour traffic survival school class, in person (not online).  If the driver has taken traffic survival school within the last 24 months, the driver’s license will simply be suspended because of the 8 points.

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