After years of talk, Arizona will have a ban on using hand-held phones while driving. Gov. Doug Ducey has pledged to sign a good bill passed by the Legislature. Although it will not go into effect until the beginning of 2021, having a good law will be worth the wait.
Arizona legislators have been talking about and delaying this issue for years. In the meantime, most other states have passed versions of it. And some Arizonans have died as a result of cellphone use by drivers.
Bipartisan support gave the measure a strong 44-16 vote in the House. It had passed the Senate already. The bill allows traffic officers to make a stop without another infraction, instead of having a weaker law making it a secondary offense. Another bill sent to Ducey strengthens Arizona’s distracted driving law. That is a good one also. However, texting while driving is a serious enough problem that it deserves its own law.
Until the state’s hand-held law goes into effect, more than two dozen city ordinances will continue to ban the practice.
Arizona drivers can do their part by driving safely, and not abusing use of their phones, before the law goes into effect.