Falcon Posted January 11, 2005 Share Posted January 11, 2005 The following is a post regarding a law that while it applies to all of Arizona seems to be a favorite pastime of the Scottsdale Sheriff dept. I just know our Arizona brothers and sisters didn't vote for this: Waste of Finite Resource violations (A.R.S. § 28-702.01A) are not eligible for defensive driving class. This violation carries no points, and the fine is limited by law to $15.00 plus surcharges. Only violations that are assigned points by the Motor Vehicle Division are eligible for defensive driving class. A. If the maximum speed limit on a public highway in this state is fifty-five miles per hour, a person shall not drive a motor vehicle at a speed in excess of fifty-five miles per hour on that highway. If the speed at which the person is alleged to have driven as provided in section 28-707, subsection A or the speed at which the court finds the person drove is sixty-five miles per hour or less, the offense is designated as the waste of a finite resource and is a civil traffic violation subject to subsection B of this section. B. If a person is found responsible for a civil traffic violation pursuant to subsection A of this section: 1. A department or agency of this state shall not consider the violation for the purpose of determining whether the person's driver license should be suspended or revoked and a court shall not transmit abstracts of records of judgment for the violation to the department. 2. An insurer shall not consider the violation as a moving traffic violation against the person for the purpose of establishing rates of motor vehicle insurance charged by the insurer and shall not cancel or refuse to renew a policy of insurance because of the violation. 3. The civil penalty shall not exceed fifteen dollars plus the penalty assessments imposed pursuant to sections 12-116.01 and 12-116.02. 4. A report shall not be made under section 28-1559, subsection B. C. If the maximum speed limit on a public highway in this state is fifty-five miles per hour, a person shall not drive a motor vehicle at a speed in excess of fifty-five miles per hour on that highway. If the speed at which the person is alleged to have driven as provided in section 28-707, subsection A or the speed at which the court finds the person drove is more than sixty-five miles per hour, the offense is designated as a civil traffic violation and the person is subject to a civil penalty of not more than the amount provided in section 28-1598. D. This section does not apply to an interstate system highway located outside of an urbanized area, as defined in section 28-702.04, with a population of fifty thousand or more persons. A couple statements I've paraphrased from the forum where I found this explanation of the law: Now, I have to ask if sitting at a red light (when there's no cross traffic) count as "waste of a finite resource"? Should the cop be given the same ticket because he was using up the rubber on his tires when pulling you over to issue that pathetic ticket, and probably left his/her car running while he wrote the damn thing? The ticket is typically written for doing 5 mph or less over the speed limit when they can't write you a speeding ticket. My girlfriend got popped by the good old Scottsdale SD on Sunday no more than 20 yards inside the sign that changed the limit from 65 to 55. She was doing 59, per the radar. Obviously decelerating. Can't believe the SSD is that anal. What say you, AZ riders? Did you really vote for this law to be used this way, or is Joe Arpaio still crazy and still the Sheriff down there? Besides. All resources are finite in the final analysis. Maybe we can give the same ticket to any cop in a doughnut store? Geesh. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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