Arizona: East Valley mayors warn of regional texting ban

The mayors of Chandler and Mesa officials are hoping that the State Legislature finally passes a bill to combat texting while driving, but are prepared to study a regional crackdown if lawmakers continue years of failure to set a consistent statewide standard. Like other city officials throughout Arizona, Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke and Mesa Mayor John Giles last week told the Tribune they may reluctantly consider ordinances if the state fails to act and pursue a regional approach such as one already in force in the Tucson area…