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Cell phone ban while driving aimed at teens

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Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012 9:00 am | Updated: 9:05 am, Fri Jan 13, 2012.

A proposed driving law aimed at teenage drivers would prohibit them from using their cell phones while driving during the first six months after obtaining their Arizona license.

Sponsored by Sen. John McComish (R-Phoenix), Senate Bill 1056 would prohibit teens from using wireless communication devices while operating a motor vehicle during their permit period and the first six months after graduating from driver's education school unless they are using it in the event of an emergency.

The law, which is hoped to decrease vehicle crashes involving teens, will be discussed and possibly passed during the legislative session this year.

In a 2010 study of cell phone activities of young drivers, the AAA Foundation of Traffic Safety discovered that 64 percent of teens answer phone calls while driving and 52 percent of them make phone calls while driving and 44 percent of teens read text messages while driving.

Despite a decrease in recent years, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for more than one-third of deaths for teens between the ages of 15 to 17, according to AAA.

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