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Arizona Governor gets tough on distracted drivers

PHOENIX, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed HB2294 into law. The new bill increases penalties for distracted drivers who fail to move over or slow down when someone's on the shoulder.

According to the Centers for Disease Control each year 773 people are struck while on the side of the road. Now, injuries can range from a severe injury to death.

In the past decade of those struck 126 of them were law enforcement. In some cases, those hit and killed were good samaritans stopping to help someone in distress.

The new law elevates penalties from $275 for a first offense to a $1,000 for a repeat offender. Public Safety Advocate and Fennmore Attorney Marc Lamber supports the move by Governor Ducey to keep our citizens, roadway workers and our law enforcement safe.

Arizona News / State & Regional News

Joe Teposte

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Mercedes was born in San Diego and raised in the border-town of Calexico, California. She is an Imperial Valley native and definitely no stranger to Yuma county.

Mercedes began her journalism career at San Jose State University as she was a part of their campus newscast that aired every Friday, joined “El Espartano Noticias,” and was an on-air talent for the San Jose Film Festival in 2017. Her highlight during that time was the opportunity to interview actress, Jane Lynch.

Mercedes then continued her journey to CSU Sacramento and received her B.A in Journalism and minor in Communication Studies. She did an internship with Telemundo in Sacramento, which allowed her to gain experience and build relationships.

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Outside of work, Mercedes spends time with her friends and family. She is passionate about cooking, baking, traveling, playing guitar and writing songs.

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