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Legislator introduces bill to ban texting and driving

Posted at 7:55 AM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 17:53:05-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - There's a new effort underway to ban texting while driving statewide.

Republican Arizona lawmaker John Kavanagh introduced House Bill 2069. The law would ban drivers from writing or sending written messages.

Violators would face fines as small as $100. If texting leads to a crash, the fine would jump to $500. And a fine for texting leading to a deadly crash would be $10,000.

Click here to read the bill.

While several municipalities in the state have banned texting while driving, there is still no state law on the books.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Arizona, Montana are the only states that do not ban texting while driving and Missouri only prohibits text messaging by novice or teen drivers.

KGUN9 is seeking lawmakers' thoughts there being no state ban. We will more on this story in the coming days.