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Florence leaders to vote on hands-free driving ordinance

Posted at 12:36 PM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 14:37:25-05

FLORENCE, Ariz. — Local and state leaders will hold a vote Tuesday that decides the fate of a proposed hands-free ordinance for the Town of Florence.

The bill aims to keep drivers alert at the wheel and away from using phones while operating a vehicle.

Arizona is one of two states without a specific distracted driving law on the books.

According to LOOK! Save A Life, states that have passed hands-free legislation have seen a 16 percent reduction in fatal crashes.

"Distracted driving is becoming an epidemic and a severe public safety risk. The increase in cell phone usage has caused an uptick in texting and driving, which is a very dangerous form of distracted driving. Teenagers are not the only problem; studies have shown that adults are more of a risk to the road because of distracted driving than younger individuals.," said Executive Director of LOOK! Save A Life Brendan Lyons.

The vote will be held Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m.

Stay with KGUN9 and for updates on the voting results.