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House approves bill to bar use of cell phones during driving for new motorists

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Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 11:45 am

Arizona lawmakers are making another effort to keep new drivers from chatting on their phones and texting.

On a 40-20 margin, the House approved legislation that bars the use of electronic communication devices by anyone during the first six months they have a license. The same restrictions also would apply to anyone with a learner's permit.

“This is the critical time in their lives,” said Rep. Karen Fann, R-Prescott. “They're supposed to be spending 100 percent of their attention in learning how to drive.”

But Rep. Tom Forese, R-Chandler, said there already are laws against distracted driving, and Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, said she sees this as a first step to imposing similar restrictions on adults.

SB 1186 faces an uncertain future in the Senate where the Transportation Committee refused to consider an identical House-passed measure approved earlier this year.

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