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It’s not uncommon for motorists to feel as though they don’t have the money—or time—to address vehicle repairs as the need arises. Unfortunately, ignoring certain issues could result in getting pulled over, and possibly ticketed.

Women sitting in car being pulled over by police officer
Women sitting in car being pulled over by police officer

Putting off these repairs may be saving you money in the short-term, but it can lead to extra, more expensive costs down the road. Not only can you end up with fines, or tickets, but the once simple problem could turn into a not-so-simple problem that costs much more to fix.

When you operate your vehicle, there are traffic laws in place that require certain parts be installed and functioning. If you should experience trouble, set aside some time and spend a little money now to avoid problems with the law.

Here are three problems that could get you pulled over (and maybe even ticketed) if you put off getting them repaired:

1. Non-functioning turn signals and broken/cracked headlights or tail lamps.

Arizona law states that motor vehicles must have two functioning headlights that are white or amber-colored.

A new law passed in 2016 requires all tail and brake lights on your vehicle to be working properly. If even one of them is out that is enough cause for an officer to pull you over. It is also important to note that each tail lamp is required to emit a red light that is visible from 500 feet under Arizona law. If a tail lamp is cracked it can give off a white light, which is a traffic violation.

As far as turn signals go, Arizona law requires you to use a turn signal for both right and left turns. The signal is required to be given continuously for no less than the last 100 feet traveled before the turn. Failure to comply with these rules is enough reason for a police officer to pull you over. Sometimes, for first-time violations, you may get off with a warning, however, it is best not to risk it and just repair/replace lights as the need arises.

2. Cracked windshield.

Arizona law states that it is illegal to drive with a cracked windshield that impairs the drivers’ vision. The kind of damage that qualifies as a visual impairment is not defined and is up to the officer’s discretion. An average ticket for impaired vision due to a cracked windshield in AZ is between $100 and $150.

Arizona is number one in the country for auto glass repair. As such, it is one of six states with free windshield replacement laws. If you have a crack in your windshield, the replacement should be completely covered by your auto insurance! Avoid a ticket and fix it fast!

3. License plates cannot be read clearly.

It is possible that if your license plate light is out or your plate is dirty enough that it is unreadable, you may get pulled over. At night, make sure your license plate is properly illuminated with white light. 

In 2017, a new law was passed in Arizona that makes it illegal to have clear or tinted plastic license plate covers or any kind of license plate frame that blocks out the state’s name at the top of the license plate. The tickets for these violations start at around $30 for a first offense and go up from there. It’s best to avoid placing any kind of cover or border on the plate and to keep it clean so it is easily read.

If you are in Tucson, Arizona, trust the auto experts at Accurate Service for all your service and repair needs. Give us a call today at 520-620-9129 or schedule an appointment online at your convenience!