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Arizona DPS to crack down on texting drivers

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A trucker was allegedly using his cell phone to view racy photos when he hit DPS Officer Tim Huffman's cruiser in May. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) A trucker was allegedly using his cell phone to view racy photos when he hit DPS Officer Tim Huffman's cruiser in May. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
TUCSON, AZ (AP) -

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 told the Arizona Daily Star the enforcement effort will begin in January and be accompanied by an education campaign.

Graves said the plan was being discussed before the death of a DPS officer in May. But he said officer Tim Huffman's death highlights the problems with distracted driving.

A trucker was allegedly using his phone to view racy photos when he hit Huffman's cruiser.

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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