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Hands-free law coming to Arizona? Lawmaker introduces new distracted driving bill

Posted at 5:28 PM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 21:53:28-05

PHOENIX — As hundreds of people gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday to take part in an annual Distracted Driving Summit, an Arizona lawmaker was making a push for a big change in our state's driving laws.

Sen. Kate Brophy McGee has introduced a bill requiring only hands-free devices behind the wheel.

"You will have your hands on the wheel, you will be watching the road, any conversations are hands-free," she described.

McGee said her bill would make the use of a cell phone a primary offense, meaning if an officer sees you on your phone while in the driver's seat, they don't need another reason to pull you over.

The GOP lawmaker said she hopes the law will help save lives, and a safe habit to be passed down to the younger generation.

"I think this can become the next rule and yes, we have to teach those next generations."

If the law were to pass, McGee said it could go into effect 90 days after the end of the legislative session.