The state House voted Wednesday to take from Arizona's newest driver the right to drive and use their cell phones.
HB 2359 spells out that teens with a learner's permit can neither talk on a phone nor text while behind the wheel. The same restriction applies to teens for the first six months after they get a license.
The measure drew opposition from several legislators who said it is the job of parents to decide driving restrictions on their teens. Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, called the legislation “a slippery slope, because this is step one is removing the privilege of all drivers to use their cell phones.””
But Rep. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, pointed out the state already restricts what teen drivers can do, including what hours they can drive and who else they can have in their vehicles. The 41-17 vote sends the measure to the Senate.