A DPS officer killed in Yuma by a driver who allegedly was looking at his cell phone prompted state representative Victoria Steele of Tucson to introduce a bill making it a violation to use a handheld mobile device while driving.
She says looking away for four to five seconds, the time it would take to look at your phone, is like driving the length of a football field at 55 MPH...blind.
The bill does not cover all types distracted driving, she says, so as not to overregulate. It is specific to using handheld mobile devices while driving.
She says this doesn't solve the entire problem of distracted driving, but at the very minimum, it will save some lives.