The Republican speaker of the Arizona House has revived legislation banning texting or other cell phone use by drivers with only a learners permit or during the first six months teenagers have a regular license.
Speaker J.D. Mesnard's action Monday came after he replaced Rep. Phil Lovas as chairman of the Rule Committee. Lovas had blocked the texting bill until resigning his seat last week to take a job with the Trump Administration.
Mesnard said he plans on putting Senate Bill 1080 up for a vote in the full House and expects it to pass. The proposal by Sen. Karen Fann has already passed the Senate.
REALLY? Banning texting from a driver with a learner's permit???
Did you know it is illegal for a person with a learner's permit to drive without an adult 21+ years old in the car with them? So, while the learner's permitted driver is driving while texting, what is the adult who is supposed to be supervising doing????
If a police officer actually ever caught someone like this, the learner's permit should not be able to get a license until no less than age 18, and the adult should be arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Does the bill say this? If not, then don't waste our time. In fact, don't waste our time anyway.
Throw out this ridiculous bill, and quit pretending you trying to do something to making all people in Arizona safer.