Arizona Gov. Ducey Signs Bill Banning Texting While Driving

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Arizona Governor Signs Bill Banning Texting While Driving

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law a bill prohibiting drivers from texting while driving across the state to ensure public safety.

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On Monday, members of the Arizona Legislature, law enforcement personnel, and advocates of safe driving join the Governor during the signing of HB 2318-Limiting Mobile Device Use While Driving.

HB 2318 prohibits drivers from holding or supporting a wireless device while driving. It prohibits writing or reading text messages, watching, recording, or broadcasting video while driving.

Drivers who will be caught violating the law will pay up to $150 for first offense and up to $250 for second and subsequent offenses. Those who cause a crash resulting in serious injury or death will pay up to $2,500 fine and serve six months in jail.

The law takes effect immediately and the penalties begin on January 1, 2021. Eighty six percent (86%) of likely Arizona voters supported HB 2318.

Arizona joins 47 others U.S. states prohibiting texting while driving.

A common sense solution to prevent tragedy

In his remarks, Ducey said “texting while driving is a deadly combination,” noting too many lives lost because of it.