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Yeah, let’s go down this road

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A bill near and dear to our hearts has made it to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk and we have our fingers crossed he will sign it.

Senate Bill 1080 would prohibit teenagers from using their cell phones or any other wireless devices during the permit phase and first six months of the Graduated Driver License Law phase, except in emergencies or when using an audible navigation system as long as the driver doesn’t touch the device while driving.

Seems like a no brainer, but Arizona lawmakers have hit one roadblock after the next any time they’ve tried to ban any sort of cell phone use while driving.

Never mind that 46 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands already ban texting while driving for all drivers. Never mind that texting while driving is a primary offense in 42 of those states, meaning a police officer can pull over a driver he observes texting, unlike that new license plate law we wrote about last week that’s a secondary offense and not cause alone for a traffic stop. Never mind that of the four remaining states, two of them prohibit novice drivers from texting while driving.

Arizona lawmakers continue to oppose it.

According to an April 17 Arizona Capitol Times story, House Majority Whip Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, opposed SB 1080 out of concern that it’s the first step to banning texting and driving for all drivers.

We don’t know if she thinks older Arizonans are capable of driving distractedly or if she’s so afraid of having her right to network on her handheld computer while attempting to drive trampled on that she doesn’t even realize what she’s fighting against.

Age does not matter.

We’ve seen 30-somethings swerve into our lanes while texting. We’ve seen 40-somethings sit through green lights while texting. We’ve seen 50-somethings drive 10, 20 mph below the speed limit while texting.

Nobody can master texting while driving, no matter how experienced she is.

Even House Speaker J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, who championed the bill, was quoted in the same story as saying, “I have admittedly had concerns in the past about the so-called ‘camel’s nose (under the tent)’ argument that once you start going down the road, you don’t stop.”

Like Townsend, we don’t think Mesnard even realizes what he’s “concerned” about either.

We hope SB 1080 is the first step to banning texting and driving for all drivers.

We hope SB 1080 isn’t the last stop on the road.

If you, dear readers agree, tell your legislators.

Because they either believe Arizonans can safely pilot 3-ton weapons at high rates of speed while texting or they can’t see the forest for the trees.

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