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.