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Ariz. official doesn’t have stance on texting ban

Arizona’s highway safety director says he’s not ready to say whether the state should ban texting while driving.

Meeting in Georgia, the Governors Highway Safety Association reversed itself and came out for a texting ban. The group cited a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study that found drivers who are texting increase the risk of a crash or near-crash by 23 times.

Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Alberto Gutier says texting while driving is dangerous but that he doesn’t “have an opinion either way” at this point on a ban.

Gutier says he wants to research the issue and consider possible consequences of a ban, including any unintended ones.

Ban proposals have failed in the Legislature in recent years.

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