We have written numerous articles about the dangers of distracted driving, especially driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and texting while driving. On 12/22/2011, we wrote that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is proposing a national ban, not only on texting while driving, but also on all cell phone use while driving.
As we have previously written, while 35 states have laws banning texting while driving, Arizona does not have any such law. On December 15, the Arizona Republic’s lead editorial came out strongly in favor of a state law banning texting while driving. The first sentence of the editorial says "Texting while driving should be illegal."
In supporting the ban on texting, the editorial cited an unnamed study finding that truck drivers who texted were 23 times more likely to have a crash or near-crash. The editorial cited a survey by AAA that 9 out of 10 Arizonans support a ban against texting while driving. The editorial said that the State Senate passed a texting ban last year, but House leadership blocked the bill from being heard in the House. Representative, Vic Williams, Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, is pushing to get it through this year.
As long term Phoenix personal injury lawyers, we support a ban on texting while driving and look forward to the House passing a law prohibiting texting while driving.
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