Arizona Ban on Texting While Driving Proposed for the Eighth Year in a Row

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Maybe the eighth time's the charm.

State Senator Steve Farley, a Tucson Democrat, is proposing a ban on texting while driving, which he's proposed every legislative session for the past eight years.

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-DPS Plans on Giving Speeding Tickets to People Caught Texting While Driving

Farley has said that he was the first legislator in the country to propose such a ban when he introduced the first version of his bill in 2007.

Since then, 41 other states have passed laws banning texting while driving, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Eleven legislators, both Republicans and Democrats, have signed on as sponsors or co-sponsors to Farley's bill this time around.

Senate Bill 1147 specifically bans "operat[ing] a motor vehicle on a highway while using a wireless communication device to send or receive written messages."

Exemptions are laid out for police officers or drivers of emergency vehicles "while in performance of official duties."

A ticket for such an offense would be $100, and $300 for repeat offenders.

If a driver texts and gets into a crash, the fine would be upped to $500, and if that crash is fatal, the fine would be $10,000.

Though there is no law on the books that specifically bans texting while driving, the Arizona Department of Public Safety has aired the idea of giving speeding tickets to people texting on highways.

A DPS spokesman told New Times in November that the department was developing the plan, but the idea is based on the state law for speeding, which says you can't drive at a speed "greater than is reasonable and prudent." The thought from DPS is that there's no reasonable speed for someone who's texting while driving.

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15 comments
DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "Exemptions are laid out for police officers or drivers of emergency vehicles "while in performance of official duties."


Why? ... is it any less safe if some donut-bloated dullard is distracted whilst texting?


"The thought from DPS is that there's no reasonable speed for someone who's texting while driving."


Bingo! ... including COPS, Fire and EMS drivers

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

So no bans or Reading a Book or Magazine while driving, or Shaving or Putting on Makeup ...

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

If your car radio displays the name of the station, the title of the song, etc, that's using a wireless communication device to receive written messages.   And I sure hope your navigation system doesn't display street names.


It would be nice if our legislators would learn how to write a law correctly.



shadeaux14
shadeaux14

In response to this Democrat introduced bill, House Republicans announced that while they could not support this bill, they would be introducing their own piece of legislation which will ban Driving while Texting.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 

Actually, it's a matter of cost/benefits.  The extra capabilities provided to emergency responders far outweighs the risk, particularly when we're talking about a relatively few drivers, who have more training and oversight than the average driver.

marcy
marcy

@DonkeyHotay 

Cops are even allowed to shoot people in the back when they have their hand up.  Just ask Sheriff Babyboo.


Rules for the ruling class, rules for the ruled.

marcy
marcy

@DonkeyHotay 

Plucking eyebrows, we must make that illegal immediately.


Also picking noses.


Unless you are Jan Brewer performing official duties at the same time she is picking her nose

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@valleynative  to many laws are way the hell to vague, i find your comment to be so goddam spot on it isnt funny. wouldnt GPS be a problem too? because mine displays maps and directions as well as its audio

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative ... it also instantly outlaws all modern Taxicabs, UPS and FedEx drivers that receive TEXT passenger, package and routing information on their vehicle consoles or their hand-held units.


Illiterate idiot politicians couldn't write their way out of a 5th grade English class.





DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative "Actually, it's a matter of cost/benefits"

May you and yours be one of those "costs".

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative "Look, moron, we also allow them to run red lights,"


Wrong, shitsucker. EMS are required to slow/stop for any red lights and stop signs,  and yield to ALL OTHER traffic. 


Most Emergency Vehicles have Opticon transmitters that automatically change the lights to GREEN in their direction of travel.


EMS are not allowed to travel above the POSTED speed limits. Police are NOT supposed to travel above the posted speed limits unless engaging in an ACTIVE CHASE that goes above said speed limits.


Keep fawning to the mythical superiority and expertise of morons in uniforms.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay@valleynative 

Look, moron, we also allow them to run red lights, because the cost/benefits justify it.  You want to wish for my family to die in an accident because I pointed that out?  How low can vermin get?

If you had understood much of anything I've written, you'd know how asinine it is to accuse me of having too much respect for any government official.  But you don't understand much of anything you read, and seem to be proud to demonstrate your confusion.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative You cavalierly pass of the unnecessary increased risk of harm and death to others as a "cost" just so you can engage in your sycophantic fawning towards anyone wearing a government uniform, badge and gun?


"The thought from DPS is that there's no reasonable speed for someone who's texting while driving."


What part don't you comprehend?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay@valleynative 

You respond to a logical, rational explanation by wishing harm to others?  Seriously?  What the fuck is wrong with you?  You're more than just the moron we've known you to be.  You're just a complete loser.



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