According to a 2018 report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation, texting while driving or distracted driving resulted in nearly 3,477 deaths and 391,000 injuries in the United States. Furthermore, people who text behind the wheel are 23 times more likely to be involved in car accidents.

There’s a pool of similar statistics that showcase the disastrous effects of using cell phones while driving. Despite the increased awareness, however, many drivers don’t take this seriously. According to a survey result published by The Zebra in Jan, 2019, 36 percent of all the respondents aged between 18 and 24 agreed that they frequently text behind the wheels.

But the question remains:  When banning the use of cell phone while driving is so crucial, then…

… Why Did Peoria Leaders Put a Hold on the Ban?

Peoria leaders have been working on an ordinance to ban the trend of texting while driving; however, this year, the city took a break to see whether the state steps up toward the cause.

The proposed draft was kept on hold because law makers in Peoria believed that this is an issue for the entire state and not just one city. Every other city located in the Northwest side of Phoenix has already passed the bill that renders texting while driving as an illegal act that must be subjected to legal penalties, and fines.

Kate Brophy McGee, the state Senator, introduced another bill, which proposed that the ban on the usage of handheld devices while driving must be statewide. This ordinance was tabled and favored by many members of the Peoria City Council in February. Speaking in the favor of the Senate Bill, Mayor Cathy Carlat said, “It seems to make sense for us to wait till we see what happens at the state legislature.”

The Ordinance Was Further Affirmed by Scottsdale

On January, 8th, a well-performing tribal police officer, Clayton Townsend, was killed near Scottsdale because of a reckless driver who was using his cell phone. Struck by the incident, Suzanne Klapp, Scottsdale Councilwoman, also affirmed the proposed ordinance.

Important Aspects of McGee’s Proposed Ordinance

  • Senate bill 1165:A countrywide ban on use of cell phones while driving.
  • House Bill 2069:Banning texting behind the wheels on highways.
  • Senate Bill 1141:Banning drivers from indulging in any activity that may distract them and may result in a hazard.

Let’s Wrap it Up

With the introduction of new laws and increased awareness, it’s essential for drivers to take responsibility for their safety, as well as safety of other drivers on the roads. If you’re looking for a reliable driving school in Peoria, get in touch with us.

At Jacob’s Driving and Traffic School, we’ll help you learn expert driving skills and become an excellent driver. We offer an extensive range of driving lessons by hour, as well as courses on defensive driving.

To learn more about our driving courses in major cities in Arizona, call us at (602) 297-1000!


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