If you were to spend just 4 seconds looking at your phone while driving 55 miles an hour, you would travel more than the length of a football field with your eyes off the road.
Since 2007, every bill introduced that would ban texting while driving in Arizona has failed to pass. Senator Steve Farley is giving it another go this year.
Additionally, there's a new citizen started petition circling the internet, to see it succeed this time around.
It's been just less than two years since firefighter Brendan Lyons and his girlfriend were hit by a vehicle while riding their bikes in Tucson. "I had six fractured vertebrae and a fractured pelvis; I was in a wheelchair for awhile," said Lyons.
Healing, but not yet cleared to go back to work fighting fires, he's turned his attention to fighting something else: Distracted Driving.
The push is to get two different laws passed in Arizona. The first would make texting while driving illegal statewide. The second, a 'vulnerable user' law, would make fines more severe for hitting a pedestrian.
"Ultimately, the goal is to prevent distracted driving" said Lyons. "We want to see lives spared."
Forty-four states have outlawed texting and driving, but Arizona is not one of them. AAA says 98 percent of the Arizonans it surveyed say texting or emailing while driving is unacceptable, yet many still do it.
"Usually I'm pretty good about ignoring it, and then there are times that I pick it up at a red light and take a quick look," said a Tucson resident.
Lyons got back up on his bike last week for the first time since the wreck.
"There have been milestones throughout this recovery and each one in remarkable in its own right," said Lyons.
His next hurdle is seeing the two bills made into law. "I know that I'm helping a lot of other people who may not be able to utilize their voice, or may not know how."
THE PETITION IS WAITING. WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THIS ISSUE? SIGN THE PETITION, OR WAIT TO READ OF THE NEXT ACCIDENT IN THE PAPER?
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