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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signs bill banning teen drivers from using cellphones

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PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation banning texting or other cellphone use by drivers with only a learners permit or during the first six months teenagers have a regular license.

Ducey signed the bill by Republican Sen. Karen Fann of Prescott on Thursday.

The legislation marks the first time in years the Legislature has approved a bill addressing cellphone use and distracted driving.

Many Republican lawmakers contend distracted driving is already covered by existing laws and passing even a small cellphone ban will lead to broader efforts to ban their use behind the wheel.

Arizona is one of just four states without blanket bans on texting while driving.

Arizona only bars school bus drivers from texting while they are behind the wheel.

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