It has become well documented that distracted driving is a growing problem on roads all across America. In fact, many consider distracted driving to be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Cellphones are one of the leading causes of distracted driving. Drivers know checking Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter while driving is extremely dangerous, but for some reason they can’t seem to stop doing it! In an effort to protect people from themselves, the Yuma City Council has approved a ban on using cellphone and other electronic devices while driving.
Arizona’s Stance on Electronics
Well, Arizona doesn’t really have a stance on the use of electronics while driving. In fact, Arizona is one of only two states in the nation that has not enacted any sort of ban on electronic use while behind the wheel of a car. The responsibility has been left up to individuals counties in the state. Yuma County is among the first to institute a ban.
Specifics of the Electronics Ban
The new ban instituted by Yuma County specifically prohibits drivers from using any handheld electronic device while they are behind the wheel of a car. This is targeted specifically at the use of cellphones and tablets. The ban does not prohibit the use of hands-free devices such as Bluetooth. Additionally, law enforcement officers and emergency officials will not be impacted by the ban. CB and ham radio use has been likewise unaffected.
What you should do
There is just one clear action you should be taking following this ban – stay off of your electronic devices! You should have been avoiding them even before Yuma County instituted the new law. Distracted driving costs lives. Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Everyone just wants to get home safe, and you can help in that cause.