Tucson lawmaker resumes push for laws against distracted driving
Despite repeated failures in the past, a Tucson lawmaker is out to curb distracted driving with bills that would ban all cell phone use by drivers under 18 and outlaw text messaging as part of a wide range of distractions.
No-texting bill may have the votes, but its foes have the power
A no-texting-while-driving bill may have enough votes to pass this year in the Arizona Legislature, but it probably does not have enough firepower.
Dem targets texting while driving
The Arizona Legislature has balked at a statewide ban on texting while driving during each of the past three sessions despite bipartisan support for such a measure. So this year, a Tucson Democrat is planning a different approach.
Senate passes texting ban, battle now shifts to House
Sometimes, the party description next to a lawmaker’s name becomes the extra hand that helps push legislation forward – and that’s exactly what happened with a bill that would ban texting while driving.
Texting ban fails in Senate debate
Another attempt to ban texting while driving faltered during a Senate debate on March 2. Senators were split on the issue - literally.
Senate kills texting while driving ban
For the second year in a row, the Arizona Senate on March 2 shot down an attempt to ban texting while driving amid concerns about imposing too much government regulation.
Texting-while-driving ban passes Senate panel 5-0
An Arizona Senate panel wants to prohibit texting while driving. Committee members approved the measure 5-0 on Feb. 15, sending it to the full Senate after a legal review.
AAA campaign: Distracted driving covers more than just cell phones, text-messaging
Keep your hands on the wheel. Text messages, lipstick and on-the-road snacks can wait. That's the message that AAA Arizona is spreading as part of a national AAA campaign that asks drivers to keep their eyes on the road.
Farley to serve as expert panelist at D.C. distracted driving summit
House Democratic Policy Leader Steve Farley, of Tucson, will serve as a panel expert during a Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 1. The U.S. Department of Transportation sponsors the two-day summit, and invited Farley to participate as one of 200 safety experts, researchers, elected officials and members of the public who will share experiences and develop ways to reduce dis[...]
Highway safety chief: Ban on texting while driving unworkable
Banning texting while driving would make Arizona safer, but such a law would be prohibitively difficult to enforce and would fail to address the wider issue of distracted driving, the director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety said.