It should be a wakeup call for all of us. I’ve done it, my wife and kids have done it...and likely many of you have checked your phone while cruising down the highway.

Hopefully, we’ll all learn from the tragic death this week of a Salt River Police officer killed by someone who police say was texting and driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is as dangerous as driving drunk.

Now, a woman is widowed and a child will grow up never knowing his father.

Arizona is one of only three states that doesn’t have a law prohibiting texting and driving on the books.

And here’s the part of the story we haven’t talked about. Think about the guilt—the horrible burden that the suspect, Jerry Sanstead, will carry around for the rest of his life. He killed someone. It could have been any of us.

And although we’ll never know if a law would have prevented Officer Clayton Townsend's death, it might have—and that should be enough for our state lawmakers to get their act together and pass one. It’s time.