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What You Must Know About Arizona’s Texting & Driving Ban

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Gov. Doug Ducey signed HB2318 into law on Monday. The bill makes it illegal to drive while holding a mobile device. Devices that can be used in a hands-free mode or are integrated with the vehicle’s control interface are exempt.
What is prohibited?

 

  • Holding or supporting a wireless device while driving
  • Writing or reading any text-based communication while driving
  • Watching, recording or broadcasting video while driving

 

Exemptions:

 

  • Hands-free voice-to-text
  • Stopped at traffic light
  • Reporting an emergency

 

The bill takes effect immediately with penalties (expected to be $75-250 per violation) beginning January 2021.

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