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Arizona considering teen distracted driving bill

Senate Bill 1080 proposes to institute a ban on teenagers from texting while driving during the first 6 months of their license issuance. Arizona is one of the last holdout states to enact a law that prohibits texting while driving. Right now, the only people who have to follow any type of regulation regarding cell phone usage are school bus drivers.

Senator Steve Farley has sponsored the new bill, but this is not his first attempt. For 10 years, Senator Farley has been trying to pass legislature that disallows the use of cell phones while driving, but has not yet had success in getting a law enacted. 

The 1080 bill is specifically aimed at new teenaged drivers, a group of drivers that has long been involved in a number of serious accidents. These new drivers lack the experience behind the wheel of older drivers, and are much less likely to be able to multitask when driving.

We all worry about our children's safety when they get behind the wheel, especially when they first start driving. When your teen is with you in the car, you should try to be a positive influence on their driving habits. Put your phone away, and focus on the road. Practice defensive driving habits, and try to offer them guidance that they can use if they encounter issues while on the roadway.

You are not going to be able to be with your teen every time he or she takes to the open road. The lessons that you pass along will be the information that they rely upon to avoid being involved in a potential accident.

In the event that your son, daughter or you yourself are involved in an auto accident that was caused by another driver, know that you have rights. You should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more about your options. If there is evidence at the scene that indicates the other motorist may have been distracted when the accident happened, try to get this information included in the accident report. Such information could be essential if your case ends up going to court. 

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