/ Modified feb 11, 2019 9:01 a.m.

Oro Valley Police Chief Supports State Ban on Texting While Driving

How the town enforces its own hands-free ordinance.

Arizona legislators are once again taking up a bill to create a statewide ban on texting while driving. More than 20 communities in Arizona currently ban the use of mobile devices while driving, including the Town of Oro Valley. Oro Valley police have issued more than 200 citations since the town's ordinance took effect in 2017.

Lorraine Rivera rode with the department's traffic unit to see how officers enforce the rule. Within half an hour, the officer she joined stopped three drivers suspected of violating the ban. He issued one citation and two warnings.

Oro Valley Police Chief Daniel Sharp has been a vocal supporter of a statewide law banning texting while driving. "We know studies have shown that you aren’t safer, that you are endangering other people’s lives," Sharp said. "There are other people on the roadways that would like to be able to get where they’re going without somebody running into them because they’re distracted."

Arizona 360
Arizona 360 airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on PBS 6 and Saturdays at 8 p.m. on PBS 6 PLUS. See more from Arizona 360.
By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona