Arizona Governor supports a statewide texting and driving ban

Gov. Doug Ducey is signaling his support for a statewide texting and driving ban in the wake of a distracted-driving crash that killed a Salt River Police officer.

“There was talk of a bill last year of distracted driving,” Ducey told reporters Wednesday. “Had that gotten to my desk, I would have signed it. I want to make sure that we prevent and avoid this type of tragedy in the future.”

The driver involved in Tuesday evening’s crash, 40-year-old Jerry Sanstead, told detectives he was texting when he struck and killed Ofc. Clayton Townsend, who had pulled over another driver on the Loop 101 in Scottsdale.