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Arizona’s new cellphone restrictions on teen drivers

Unlike most states, Arizona does not have a statewide ban on texting while driving. However, the state did just add a new cellphone-related prohibition for a certain class of drivers: Teen drivers.

Under this new ban, certain individuals under 18 are prohibited from using a handheld communication device while driving. The ban went into effect at the start of this month.

Now, the ban doesn’t apply to all drivers under 18. Rather it applies to two types of such drivers: Those with a learner’s permit and those who are in the first six months of their provisional license. However, the ban can extend beyond the six-month period after a provisional license is granted if a teen is ticketed for violating the ban or other teen driver restrictions.

There are a couple exceptions to the ban, including that teen drivers are allowed to use cellphones for emergency situations.

Violation of the ban is a secondary offense, meaning teen drivers can only be ticketed for it if they are pulled over for something else. Being ticketed for a ban violation comes with a fine.

This is the second statewide cellphone-related ban the state has put in place. The other is a prohibition on school bus drivers engaging in cellphone use while driving.

What impacts do you think the new ban with have on teen driver safety and overall safety out on Arizona’s roads? Do you think the new ban goes far enough? Are there other things you would like to see Arizona do on a statewide level when it comes to distracted driving?

When a person is hurt out on Arizona’s roads because a teen driver or other driver was distracted by a cellphone, what happens regarding compensation can have major implications when it comes to the victim’s future. Complex issues can sometimes arise in connection to the pursuit of compensation. So, victims of distracted driving crashes may want to promptly seek out legal help.

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