Arizona Lawmakers to Take up Texting While Driving Ban for Teens

April 20, 2017

The Arizona House is planning to debate legislation banning texting or other cellphone use by drivers with only a learners permit or during the first six months teenagers have a regular license.

The debate comes two days after Speaker J.D. Mesnard revived the legislation that had been held up by Rules Committee chairman Rep. Phil Lovas. Mesnard took over as chairman after Lovas resigned his seat last week to take a job with the Trump Administration.

Mesnard said he expects the bill to pass. The proposal by Sen. Karen Fann has already passed the Senate.

The Legislature has regularly rejected texting bans. Arizona is one of just four states without blanket bans on texting while driving.

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  • April 20, 2017 at 2:50 pm
    Agent says:
    All drivers should be banned from this activity and that includes playing Pokémon while driving.
  • April 20, 2017 at 1:38 pm
    mrbob says:
    Any inattentive driving is a concern, so why not enforce the laws already on the books? In AZ at least it is against the law to not fully control your vehicle at all times.
  • April 20, 2017 at 1:33 pm
    Lauren House says:
    So, it's OK to text and drive if you're over 18? Texting and driving at ANY age is unconscionable by any standard.
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