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Bill would ban cell phone use by young drivers

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Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2012 2:32 pm

Arizona is one step closer to prohibiting cell-phone use by teens while driving.

HB 2348, a bill that proponents say would strengthen Arizona’s Graduated Drivers License Law (GDL), passed out of the Senate by a vote of 18-11 Tuesday.

The bill would prohibit teens from using wireless communication devices while operating a motor vehicle during the permit and first six months of the GDL phases, except for in emergency situations.

Currently, only Phoenix and Tucson have statutes that ban all motorists from texting while driving. According to AAA Arizona, no Arizona municipality restricts motorists from using a hand-held phone while operating a motor vehicle.

HB 2348 now moves to the House floor for final consideration.

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