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An update on Arizona's laws regarding cell phone use while driving

Posted by Peter Akmajian | May 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Recently I wrote about and appeared on TV discussing the new ban by the City of Tucson on manual cell phone use while driving.  There was some hope that the Arizona Legislature would pass a similar law this year, and some progress was made in that direction.  But lost in all of the news about the teacher walkout and the budget is the fact that the State Legislature ultimately failed to achieve final passage of any law on cell phone use or texting while driving.  Arizona is alone with Montana in not banning texting and driving.  As I discussed before, other governmental entities in the state have filled the gap left by the state, but we're left with a mish-mash of laws from various cities and counties across the state.  The evidence of the dangers of cell phone use and texting while driving is overwhelming. But the State of Arizona just can't seem to pass this law.  In the meantime, stay aware of the various laws that do apply, don't text and drive and (again) be careful!

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Peter Akmajian

Peter Akmajian is a trial lawyer with 30+ years of experience and 40 jury trials in Tucson, Phoenix, Yuma, Bisbee and Nogales under his belt.  These trials have mainly involved serious personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death.  He was a civil defense lawyer for many years before ma...


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