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Bill aims to restricts cellphone use by teen drivers

Lawmakers are again trying to keep cellphones out of the hands of teen drivers new to Arizona’s roads.

The Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would prohibit minors driving with learner’s permits or graduated licenses from using wireless communication devices.

A similar bill died in the House earlier in the legislative session.

This new version takes a different procedural route that might improve its chances.

Arizona is now nearly wide-open territory for cellphone use by drivers, with only school bus drivers subject to a statewide ban.

Meanwhile, 30 other states already ban cellphone use by teen drivers. That’s according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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