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Arizona House Republicans look for compromise on texting ban

Posted at 11:43 AM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 14:43:57-04

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.