Tucson hopes to ban texting while driving

BY ANDRIA SKANSE

Many drivers have done it at least once. No, not speeding, rolling through a stop sign or yelling at other drivers on the road, but texting while driving.

The issue has been debated for years. Currently, 35 states ban texting while driving, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

While Arizona legislators struggle to pass a statewide law, Tucson City Council members are moving to outlaw texting while driving.

All six council members voiced support Jan. 10 for a ban. They will vote early next month on a city ordinance that makes texting while driving a primary offense, with fines ranging from $250 to $1,000.

Steve Kozachik, Ward 6 council member, said texting while driving involves three critical mistakes.

You’re taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel and your mind off of what you’re doing,” he told KOLD News 13.

Of course, not everyone agrees.

PCC student Megan Sullivan thinks it will be hard to determine whether a driver was texting.

“I agree that it’s dangerous,” Sullivan said, but from a realistic standpoint, they need to think it through more.”

PCC student Manny Lonjino gives the proposed law a thumbs up.

“I think it’s a good idea,” he said. “I do it sometimes, I’m not gonna lie, but it is dangerous.”

 

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