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DPSC Cracking Down On Distracted Drivers

The Arizona Department of Public Safety plans to crack down on drivers who are distracted while texting or otherwise using their cellphones despite a specific state law banning the practice, DPS spokesman Bart Graves says the enforcement effort will begin in January 2014 and be accompanied by an education campaign. Graves says the plan was being discussed before the death of DPS officer Tim Huffman in May. His death highlights the problems with distracted driving. Jorge Espinoza was allegedly using his phone to view racy photos when he hit Huffman's cruiser, killing the DPS veteran near Wellton. The Legislature has repeatedly rejected a ban on texting while driving. But Graves says a state law on "speed not reasonable and prudent" will be used to cite distracted drivers.

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