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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

Some big changes could be coming for teen drivers. A new bill wants to prohibit teens from using their cell phones behind the wheel.

The House transportation committee is scheduled to hear HB 2359. The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Karen Fann and supported by AAA Arizona, would make it a crime for new teenage drivers to use their cell phones while behind the wheel.

The measure would prohibit teens from using their phones when driving during their permit period and during the first six months that they have their license.

AAA says the bill would help save lives by helping teenagers create safer driving habits.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety,

80 percent of teens 16 and 17 have a cellphone and while driving:

64 percent admit to answering a call
52 percent call someone
47 percent talk without a hands-free device
44 percent read a text message

If it passes, there would be an exception: Teens would be able to use their phones during an emergency.

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