DPS cracking down on distracted driving

There is no state-wide texting ban for drivers in Arizona.

A new proposal at the State Capitol could make things a little tougher, but the Department of Public Safety is not going to wait around, they're already cracking down on distracted drivers.

FOX 10 went on a ride-along with DPS Officer Brad Kudler patrolling the I-17 corridor between the I-10 and the 101. It's an area notorious for collisions, and Officer Kudler was looking for the main cause of those crashes, distracted drivers.

"Everybody today is wanting to go, go, and go. And they can't just put the phone down for a few seconds and let that message or phone call wait until you stop," said Officer Brad Kudler.

And it did not take long before the first traffic stop.

"We're out in full force trying to stop distracted drivers ok," he said to a driver.

Today's enforcement patrol is part of a safety campaign by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. It's an effort to educate drivers about the importance of paying attention to driving and not other distractions behind the wheel. 

"They don't think that it's an issue, they don't think that it is going to happen to them; a crash, them getting hurt, or them getting pulled over," said Kudler.

Many of the distracted drivers stopped were given a warning and a pamphlet about the dangers of distracted driving.

Some of them like the man in a van stopped were thankful of the reminder.

"Thank you for bringing this awareness to me, I drive 200 miles on these roads every day, and me and my family thank you for this. It could save my life in the future," said the driver.

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