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AZ rest areas encourage drivers to avoid distracted driving

Many Arizona residents may not find it surprising to learn that, according to the regional vice president of GEICO, distracted driving is one of the leading causes for an increasing number of fatalities and injuries on the roadways in the U.S. Distracted driving is also an issue in Arizona and can result in serious injuries and death.

As part of a national effort to encourage drivers to pull over and use their cell phones to call, text or use other applications, the Arizona Department of Transportation has formed a partnership with GEICO to make Arizona rest areas safe phone zones. Some Arizona residents may have noticed such signs along Arizona highways. According to the director of the Arizona's DOT, the department has prioritized the safety of drivers and is committed to informing the public about the dangers distracted driving poses not only to the driver but also others with whom that driver shares the road.

The purpose of the safe phone zones is to allow drivers to pull into one of the 14 rest areas in the state and use their cell phone in a safe and responsible manner. In the safe phone zones, any driver can stop and make their calls or answer their texts conveniently and safely. Such efforts by Arizona DOT and insurance carrier GEICO are laudable. However, despite all these positive steps to reduce distracted driving accidents and to prevent drivers from texting and driving, car accidents still happen.

For anyone who has suffered an injury due to a distracted driver or has lost a loved one in a car accident due to a distracted driver, they may want to talk with a personal injury lawyer to figure out what legal recourse they have. A lost life cannot be brought back and an injured party may never be made whole, but a negligent driver can be held responsible for their actions.

Source: Your West Valley News, "Highway rest-stop 'safe zones' target texting, calling while driving," June 11, 2014

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