Are you traveling out of Arizona for Spring Break?
AAA Arizona is urging drivers to know the laws before they head out on the road across the U.S. and Mexico.
For instance, did you know you can be stopped by law enforcement officers in California for 1) holding and talking on a cell phone or 2) for texting while driving? It is my understanding that this is pretty strictly enforced.
It's the same in Nevada; if you're going to use a cell phone while driving you must use a hands free device or you will get pulled over.
Arizona, however, does not have a law prohibiting cell use by drivers. (Actually, there is Phoenix City ordinance prohibiting texting while driving, but it is not enforced.)
Heading south for Spring Break? Remember that speed limits in Sonora, Mexico are in kilometers and that if you are arrested for any reason you may be jailed until you can prove your innocence. In Mexico you are assumed guilty until proven innocent. That little thing known as a “tourist visa” you can get when you cross the border? Get one. Without it, the State Department may now recognize your rights as an American citizen, and any assistance could be substantially delayed (while you sit in a Mexican jail)
Also, U.S. auto insurance is generally not valid in Mexico, so be sure to pick up a Mexico auto policy before heading over the border. These can be obtained at the border also. They are not real expensive, and can be the best money you spend should something happen to you while down there.
In Texas and New Mexico, seat belts are required for the driver and all passengers. On that note, seat belts are required throughout AZ, and the driver must ensure that all passengers under the age of 16 are belted no matter where they are sitting in the vehicle.
AAA has more information on driving laws throughout the U.S. on their website.
I remember my Spring Break travels very well. Rarely was a better time had than a Spring Break trip with friends. (And remember, what happens on Spring Break stays on Spring Break.) Just remember to keep your head, maintain some degree of common sense and be careful.
HAVE A GREAT AND SAFE SPRING BREAK!!!!