Arizona Gov. Ducey To Decide On Teen Texting Bill

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 8:27am
Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 8:30am

Arizona is a signature away from imposing its first-ever limits on the use of cell phones by teens. The state House has given its final approval to legislation that says teens with learner's permits can neither text nor make calls from their cell phones while driving.

The measure extends to the first six months a teenager has a regular license.

Yesterday’s vote came over the objection of some legislators who want Arizona to remain one of few states in the country with no limits on cell phone use by motorists. They said their fear is that this restriction is the first step to other restrictions.

Rep. David Stringer, said he shares that concern, but that the bill’s Senate sponsor Karen Fann told him it would go no further than this.

"She is only concerned with the Class G new drivers, and this is not going to be an effort to come back next term and expand it again and expand it again," Stringer said.

Having previously been approved by the Senate, on a 24-6 margin, the teen text ban now goes to the Governor.

According to AAA, 46 states plus the District of Columbia ban text messaging by any drivers.

While there is no such law in Texas or Missouri, both do ban teens from using cell phones. Leaving just Arizona and Montana with no restrictions.

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