facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Texting ban passes Arizona Senate

Jan. 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
PHOENIX, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Arizona legislators are moving toward a ban on cellphone use for drivers with learner's permits or new licenses, officials say.

The Senate Committee on Public Safety and Human Services voted unanimously to make it illegal for motorists less than 18 years of age to text or use a cellphone while driving. The restriction would be in effect for six months after a new driver has received a license.

Due to failed efforts in the past few years toward an outright ban on cellphone use by all drivers, the measure is designed to complement already-existing restrictions on new drivers. For example, for the first six months after receiving a license, a teen driver may only have one other teen in the vehicle.

"This is an expansion of that," Sen. John McComish told Capitol Media Services.

It remains to be seen whether the ban will survive the House, where previous texting bans have been defeated time and time again.

Gov. Jan Brewer has been resistant to the bans in the past, but in 2010, asked teens to sign a pledge vowing not to text and drive. "You can write all the laws you want," she said. "But it sometimes doesn't make a whole lot of difference. People don't follow them."

Topics: Jan Brewer
© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
New York Post defies #ISISMediablackout with graphic James Foley cover
2
Amanda Curtis launches Montana Senate campaign after Walsh bows out
3
Oil spill reported in North Dakota
4
Top Hamas commanders killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza
5
Chris Christie flips at town hall attendee over Bruce Springsteen
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback