America News: Arizona to ban texting while driving

America News:  Arizona to ban texting while driving

The State of Arizona has amended its laws to include a ban on sending or receiving text messages via cellphones or PDAs while driving.

Exceptions would apply to law enforcement and safety personnel, drivers of emergency vehicles, holders of commercial driver licences while driving within the scope of their employment, and public transit personnel.

The ruling would also exempt drivers if they are reporting reckless or negligent behaviour, are in physical danger, of if they’re communicating regarding an emergency situation to an emergency response operator, hospital, clinic, doctor, ambulance service, fire fighting service or law enforcement agency.

Article 21 of section 28-1192 of the Arizona Revised Statutes – Use of cellular telephones and personal digital assistants while driving – will become effective in January 2007.

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