Oro Valley weighs ban on texting while driving

Posted at 4:22 AM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 11:06:26-04

The town of Oro Valley is considering banning texting while driving.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that the Oro Valley Town Council is expected on Wednesday to discuss an ordinance prohibiting drivers from texting with cellphones.

Council members say they are eager to hear from residents on the topic.

Nearby Tucson already has enacted a similar ban.

Tucson City Court administrator Chris Hale says only 28 violations were issued last year.

Arizona Department of Public Safety data indicates more than 4,200 traffic citations for distracted driving were given statewide last year. But some were for reasons other than texting while driving.

Arizona is one of two states that does not have a law mandating drivers not use cellphones while operating a vehicle.