As travelers hit the roads this holiday season, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reminds motorists of the state's Safe Phone Zones, which through a partnership with Geico, offer drivers a place to safely talk and text on their smartphones.
The ADOT is encouraging drivers making their way to destinations to use the designated Safe Phone Zones for talking and texting.
According to the ADOT, in just five seconds of looking away from the road for a text, a car traveling at 55 mph can move the length of a football field, creating a deadly hazard.
“Even a moment’s distraction can be deadly,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said in a press release. “We are at our best as drivers when we are focused on the road, rested and sober. Using Safe Phone Zones at rest areas allows drivers to stay connected in a safe way."
The Safe Phone Zones were established in 2014 when Geico partnered with several states to encourage drivers to use the zones as a place to conveniently make a call, text, navigate or access their mobile apps. At each rest area, signs with the Geico logo identify the zones for motorists.
Geico has also partnered with Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Virginia to set up the Safe Phone Zones.