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Don't Text And Drive: Arizona Fines Take Effect Jan 1

A new Arizona law, passed in 2019, will be enacted in the new year. It bans phone use, including texting, while driving.

Exclusionsinclude hands-free devices, GPS use and when making 911 calls. 

Bart Graves with the state’s Department of Public Safety says warnings and other efforts have been implemented to inform residents of the law change. 

“Since its passing, our troopers have stopped and warned over 15,000 drivers across the state, provided them with written warnings, while educating them with pamphlets and dos and don’ts regarding this new law,” Graves said.

Graves also said citations will be handed out, as opposed to warnings, starting in January. He also says this law only affects drivers and not passengers in the car. The goal is to mitigate distracted driving and keep people safe.

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