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Bicyclist fatalities have been rising in the past decade, as have those involving pedestrians. Experts blame aggressive drivers, more speeding and an increase in distracted driving, largely caused by cell phone use.

COVID-19 has sparked a surge in cycling, as Americans have sought alternatives to crowded gyms, buses and trains, and there also has been an uptick in distracted drivers and speeding over the past 18 months, raising the risks for cyclists on the road. Read more»

As the trend toward networked “smart homes” and “connected cars” continues, security precautions are more important than ever. Read more»

As part of an appeal to a December decision by a Pima County judge, an attorney for the city of Tucson argued that the release of documents detailing the use of "Stingray" cellphone surveillance equipment by Tucson police would compromise its use in investigations. Read more»

A new Sedona ordinance forbids all cellphone use while driving except with a hands-free device.

While Phoenix and Tucson have banned texting while driving, Sedona has gone a step further by barring any cellphone use without a hands-free device. Offenders face fines of $100 or more. Read more»

Pointing to an advocacy group's report listing Arizona among states falling behind in addressing distracted driving, rules for novice drivers and protecting occupants of vehicles, AAA Arizona is calling on state lawmakers to strengthen traffic-safety laws. Read more»

Citing an agreement it signed with a technology company, the Tucson Police Department is refusing to release documents concerning the use of surveillance equipment used to track and collect data from cellphones. The ACLU and an Arizona reporter have filed suit to force disclosure by TPD, citing state laws on public records. Read more» 1

A bill that would prohibit novice drivers from using cellphones except in emergencies advanced Thursday through the House Transportation Committee. However, two bills seeking to ban texting by all drivers apparently are going nowhere. Read more»

An issue that saw some 911 callers in Tucson unable to communicate with dispatchers has been resolved, officials said. Earlier Saturday, city officials said dispatchers could hear callers, but some callers on cell phones could not hear the 911 operators. Read more»

State Sen.-elect Steve Farley, D-Tucson, said he plans to reintroduce his bill that would ban texting behind the wheel. Rare when he first introduced the bill in the Arizona House, Farley said most states now have such laws and Arizona needs to catch up.

State Sen.-elect Steve Farley, D-Tucson, said he will reintroduce legislation next year to ban texting while driving, despite repeated rejections in the House, noting that the rest of the country has finally caught up with his idea. While the Tucson City Council passed such a ban in February 2012, moves to halt the practice statewide have run into dead ends. Read more»

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, right, joins Hector Olavarria Tapia, Mexico's undersecretary of communications, signing an agreement Tuesday to fight the theft and cross-border trafficking of cellular devices.

U.S. and Mexican government officials signed an agreement Tuesday aimed at fighting theft and cross-border trafficking of cellular devices by making stolen cell phones and tablets unusable. Read more»

Some cellphone users in downtown Tucson are having trouble making calls and receiving text messages. Sprint acknowledged the problem. Read more»

A congressman's Web video goes too far when it portrays a program that subsidizes cell phone service for very low-income persons as a government giveaway that is costing taxpayers billions. Read more»

Whether you're driving home after the bars close on Saturday night, or making your way to church the next morning, you might want to put your cell phone away. Starting at midnight, texting while driving will be illegal in Tucson. Read more»

Stephanie Dembowski, a spokeswoman for AAA, said that cellphones are one of the main distractions on the road.

Bills to restrict distracted driving, ranging from attempts to outlaw texting to banning cellphone use entirely, have failed repeatedly at the Arizona State Legislature in recent years. Read more»

Pima County Sheriff's Office dispatcher Gloria Wheeler uses the county's emergency communications system.

Misdialed or mistaken 911 hang-up calls from cell phones will no longer be followed up by Pinal County sheriff's deputies in a move to save on fuel costs Read more»

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