KGUN 9 On Your SideNewsLocal News

Actions

Arizona House Republicans look for compromise on texting ban

Posted: 11:43 AM, Apr 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-15 18:43:57Z
Pima County considers texting and driving ban

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona is one of just three states that has no statewide ban on texting while driving, but that could change this year after a decade of failed attempts in the Legislature to outlaw it.

The death of a police officer struck by a driver who was allegedly texting his wife may be a catalyst for lawmakers to change the law.

The Senate has passed three bills to punish distracted drivers. They're held up in the House amid a disagreement among majority Republicans about how far to go in legislating behavior.

Some prefer that officers be allowed to ticket cell phone users only if they make a stop for another reason. Others want to see different rules in urban and rural areas.

Twenty-six local governments have banned texting while driving.