Today on the Fast Lane, the official blog of the United States Department of Transportation, it was announced that the governor of Pennsylvania signed a statewide texting ban. As the article mentions, texting while driving is extremely dangerous.
In 2009 alone, 5,474 people were killed and nearly 450,000 more were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. As anyone who has lost a loved one in a distracted driving crash can tell you, even one fatality is too many.
Here in Tucson, the city council is in the process of crafting a similar law. This is a reaction to inaction on the state lavel.
Arizona remains one of six states in the U.S. without a texting ban. State Representative Steve Farley has tried and failed to pass a measure statewide. Wednesday, he endorsed Tucson’s plan.
Phoenix already has a texting ban so the precedent for a citywide texting ban already exists in Arizona. Currently, the Tucson city council is working out the details of the proposal. Fortunately, it already has strong momentum and wide support.