On Saturday, Coconino County officials will begin fully enforcing a distracted-driving ordinance. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, drivers found using cell phones and other communication devises without hands-free technology could face penalties.
The Coconino County Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed a resolution to ban cell phone use while driving. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, county officials say it’s a response to inaction by the state.
The state House voted today to let motorists to be able to continue tapping out messages while they're driving down the road.
The defeat comes amid a perennial debate at the Capitol about individual freedom versus the role of government. Rep. Steve Farley said there is a constitutional right of people to do stupid things.
"But that ends when you're protecting the liberty of somebody to take another person's life when you make the choice to text and run into somebody head-on as has happened in the state of Arizona and take their liberty away completely," he said.