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State texting while driving ban only for teens

Posted at 7:31 AM, Jan 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-25 09:31:02-05
 Arizona is one of only four states without some form of a texting and driving ban, but it is not for lack of trying.
 
After decades of different proposals, state senators have now worked up a new bill that would ban teens from texting and driving. It is a renewed effort that many lawmakers say is a baby step toward a statewide ban on texting and driving.
 
The bill, SB 1080, would forbid teen drivers from using a cell phone for the first six months they have a license.
 
According to experts, putting a limit on teen-driver texting is a step in the right direction. However, critics argue the proposed ban is not the solution because it sends the wrong message about the risks.
 
Meanwhile, state lawmakers rejected calls for a total ban arguing it would not pass the senate, due to logistical and philosophical objections.
 
If the bill passes, it would take effect mid-2018. After that, lawmakers will look into discussing broader proposals.