03 Sep Arizona Cellphone Laws for Drivers
Cellphones and other mobile devices have become a prominent feature of many people’s daily lives, and as such, it’s no surprise that people are often using these hand-held devices while driving. Although a number of studies have been done regarding the role that cellphones and other mobile devices play in causing distracted driving-related car accidents, not all states have enacted bans on the use of cellphones when driving. While these states may choose to strengthen their laws regarding cellphone use when driving in the future, it’s crucial that drivers are aware of their state’s specific cellphone laws so that they can minimize the chances of getting ticketed, potentially having points added to their driving record and/or possibly even losing their drivers’ licenses (if they have prior traffic offenses on their driving records).
Currently, Arizona cellphone laws for drivers stipulate the following:
- There is no ban in place on the use of hand-held cellphones and other devices while driving – regardless of the age of the driver (i.e., Arizona does not have a partial ban on the use of cellphones for young or new drivers).
- There is no ban on texting while driving.
- The only individuals for which cellphone use is legally banned when driving are school bus drivers. These drivers are not allowed to use their cellphones in any way when operating a school bus.
- The legal ban on cellphone use for school bus drivers is considered to be a “primary” law, meaning that law enforcement officials can pull over and cite school bus drivers for cellphone use when driving without having to have any other probable cause for pulling over these drivers.
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