Gov. Ducey signs teenage texting ban
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed SB 1080 on Thursday morning, April 27. The legislation prohibits teenagers from using hand-held devices for six months after getting their driver's license.
It's a baby step but the first step taken by Arizona to ban distracted driving.
In signing the bill, Ducey said he does not support large-scale bans, but targeted laws, he said, work.
"These laws can act as a teacher," he said.
But the governor left the door open for future laws which expand the scope of SB 1080.
"In fact, I'd be in favor of a law that goes further, banning texting while driving for all minors," he said.
Arizona and Tucson lawmaker Steve Farley, a Democrat from District 9, introduced one of the first texting bans in the county 10 years ago but it failed because of legislative inaction.
However, the lawmakers who stopped the momentum left the legislature, opening the door for the law's passage.
Farley's message remained steadfast despite repeated defeats.
"It's not just protecting yourself from being stupid and hurting yourself," Farley said. "But if you're being stupid, chances are you're going to endanger someone else's life, too."
Here's a copy of the letter the governor issued when signing the bill into law:
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