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AZ House panel OKs phone ban for young drivers

Posted at 4:57 PM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 18:57:10-05
PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona House panel has advanced a bill banning cellphone use by teenage drivers for the first six months they hold their license.
 
Tuesday's 9-0 Transportation Committee vote on House Bill 2241 sends the bill by Republican Rep. Karen Fann of Prescott to the full House after a routine review.
 
Fann has been pushing the ban on cellphone use for new drivers for several years without success. Her proposal bans all use of electronic communications devices, including texting. The only exception in an emergency situation where stopping to make a call would be impossible or unsafe.
 
Police won't be allowed to make a traffic stop just because of cellphone use.
 
Democratic Sen. Steve Farley of Tucson has pushed a texting while driving ban for years without success.