ADOT makes 14 rest areas 'safe phone zones' - Tucson News Now

ADOT makes 14 rest areas 'safe phone zones'

Designated safe phone zone rest areas (Source: AZ Department of Transportation) Designated safe phone zone rest areas (Source: AZ Department of Transportation)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Arizona Department of Transportation has designated 14 rest areas across the state as 'Safe Phone Zones', according to a recent release.

This is all part of a nationwide effort to encourage drivers to pull into a safe location to use their cell phones for calling, texting or accessing a mobile app. 

Safe Phone Zones are a partnership between ADOT and GEICO, the signs alerting to the safe zones will feature the GEICO gecko and can be seen all along the highway, as well as within the rest area itself.

The safe zones will be maintained via a public-private partnership with ADOT and Infrastructure Corporation of America over the next five years.  ADOT still owns the 14 rest areas.

"ADOT's top priority is safety and we are committed to educating the public about the dangers of distracted driving," said ADOT Director John Halikowski, said in the release. "These Safe Phone Zones provide travelers with the opportunity to pull into a rest area where they can use their phones safely and responsibly. We are able to move this project forward because of the legislation enacted to generate public-private partnerships in Arizona — partnerships that have proven to be an innovative approach to funding transportation projects with non-traditional funding sources."

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