Pennsylvania Becomes 35th State to Outlaw Texting While Driving. Will Tucson Follow Suit?

Today on the Fast Lane, the official blog of the United States Department of Transportation, it was announced that the governor of Pennsylvania signed a statewide texting ban.  As the article mentions, texting while driving is extremely dangerous.

In 2009 alone, 5,474 people were killed and nearly 450,000 more were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. As anyone who has lost a loved one in a distracted driving crash can tell you, even one fatality is too many.

Here in Tucson, the city council is in the process of crafting a similar law.  This is a reaction to inaction on the state lavel.

Arizona remains one of six states in the U.S. without a texting ban.  State Representative Steve Farley has tried and failed to pass a measure statewide.  Wednesday, he endorsed Tucson’s plan.

Phoenix already has a texting ban so the precedent for a citywide texting ban already exists in Arizona.  Currently, the Tucson city council is working out the details of the proposal.  Fortunately, it already has strong momentum and wide support.

Read more about the Pennsylvania texting ban here.

Read more about the Tucson texting ban here.  

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