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Senator Al Melvin discusses the need to ban texting while driving

PHOENIX (CBS5) – “Drivers in Arizona see it almost daily – drivers texting behind the wheel. The potentially deadly behavior is not against the law.

“The majority of people know that it’s wrong, but they admitted to doing it anyway,” said Stephanie Dembowski of AAA Arizona.

That’s what one AAA survey showed when randomly polling their members.

Dembowski pointed to another annual AAA survey which measures members’ opinions about public affairs issues.

“What we found is that 92 percent of them said that they support a statewide ban on texting while driving.”

Those big numbers in favor of a ban aren’t just with AAA members.

“Most parents I talk to say, ‘Yes! This is what I want. I want a no texting while driving bill. It’s the right thing to do,'” said Sen. Al Melvin, R-District 11.

For five years now, Melvin has been trying to pass bills that outlaw texting while driving. The latest, Senate Bill 1241, banned wireless devices for teens during their first six months of having a license. It never received a hearing on the Senate floor.

Other state lawmakers have authored bills as well, but none of them have passed.”

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