Arizona's Distracted Driving Law Are Now Enforced With Fines
ARIZONA - Arizona has lifted the "no fine" grace period with regards to the state's 2019 Distracted Driving Law. The state's distracted driving law makes it illegal for drivers to hold or use a cellphone, write text messages, read text messages, watch videos, record videos, or broadcast video while operating a motor vehicle. Arizona was one of the last U.S. states to enact a distracted driving law. After the law was passed in 2019, law enforcement officers were permitted to issue warnings without fines. However, law enforcement officers are now allowed to write citations for distracted driving.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety Sergeant Kameron Lee, there have been hundreds of tragic consequences involving distracted driving. For example, one law enforcement officer was tragically struck and killed by a driver engaging in texting while driving. The trooper was handling a traffic stop on Loop 101 by McDowell Road when a car struck and killed the trooper. The driver admitted to accident investigators that he was using his phone and texting at the moment of the fatal crash.
Drivers may use hands-free technology to make calls and to voice to text. Drivers are still permitted to use their device when stopped at a red light or to report an emergency.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation's press release, the fine for a first violation is between $75 and $149, and all subsequent violations can cost as much as $250. The Arizona Department of Transportation also added, "That's an expensive - and dangerous - text message."
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