So far 44 states have passed legislation restricting the use of handheld devices by drivers in one way or another. Some completely ban the use of cell phones others limit how those devices might be used by devices, focusing on texting or web surfing.

Arizona has so far remained steadfastly opposed to statewide legislation restricting the use of handheld devices by drivers. Much like the stance taken in Texas, state legislators in Arizona have focused on allowing local municipalities to pass whatever local ordinances they feel best suit the needs of their citizens. But at least one state legislator feels that is not enough and has recently made statements that he will soon introduce legislation for a statewide ban on distracted driving.

Arizona State Senator-Elect Steve Farley said he was first to propose legislation aimed at texting and driving in 2007. Last week Farley he told local media he will re-introduce similar legislation next year which he will vehemently pursue in order to put Arizona on a par with other states which already passed similar legislation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration distracted driving is now the leading cause of fatal vehicle collisions in the United States. The NHTSA said distracted driving is now more dangerous than drink and driving, and suggested that the federal government pass a nationwide ban on the activity in an effort to promote public safety. the U.S. Congress, already contentiously debating the nation’s finances passed the buck on legislation to state legislators who have gradually undertaken to promote public safety in their jurisdiction.

In states where such laws exist drivers who violate the law face fines, fees and points added to their license, not to mention a statistically significant increased risk of being involved in a fatal collision as a result of their distracted driving behavior.