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Arizona Views: Hands-free Arizona?

January 28, 2019 GMT

How about no hands? Sadly a state trooper died at the hands of a texting-while-driving motorist recently. He was not the first person to become a victim this way, but could he be the last? The Arizona Legislature might make that happen, signaling this week that a statewide requirement of hand-free use of devices while driving might be on the table.

Folks, its time has come. Use the device’s speaker, buy some headphones or earbuds, or speak on the phone while in your vehicle only from the side of the road, while safely parked.

I hope it is not because cities and counties (such as Prescott) decided to act where the state would not. Still, a statewide ban is appropriate. Consider that it is unclear which jurisdiction requires or allows what.


Sigh. You would think it should have never taken this long.

Tim Wiederaenders is a former Lake Havasu Ctiy resident and an editor at the Prescott Daily Courier, a sister newspaper of Today’s News-Herald.