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New law prohibits teens from using cell phones while behind the wheel

Posted at 6:30 AM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 11:01:08-04

A new law prohibiting teenagers from using their cell phones while they're driving will take effect on July 1st. 

Teenagers 18 and under with a graduated drivers license will be prohibited to use any kind of wireless device within the first six months of obtaining their license. 

Teenage permit holders will abide by the same restriction. 

Governor Doug Ducey signed the legislation in law in April 2017 all in an attempt to address the most common distraction for teenage drivers, their phones. 

Teenage drivers who are pulled over for using their phones while behind the wheel are subject to facing various fines, as well as a possible extension on the ban. 

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said more than half of teen drivers report using their cell phone while they're driving, something they hope this ban will help minimize.