Saying new law can act as a ‘teacher,’ Ducey signs texting ban on teenage drivers

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

Saying sometimes parental admonitions are not always enough, Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation to make it illegal for the state’s newest drivers to use their cell phones behind the wheel.

The legislation, which takes effect July 1, 2018, bans not just texting but even making calls for those with a learner’s permit, as well as teens for the first six months of getting an actual license.

First-time violations can result in a $75 fine and having the new motorist’s restrictions – things beyond cell phone use like not driving after midnight and limiting the number of other teens in the vehicle – extended for an additional 30 days.

A second violation is a $100 fine with an extra six months of restrictions. And a third offense results in license suspension for 30 days.

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