Bill to ban texting while driving resurrected in Arizona SenatePosted: Updated:
PHOENIX (AP) - Lawmakers trying to prohibit texting while driving have succeeded in resurrecting the legislation in the Arizona Senate.
The Senate gave preliminary approval to the bill Thursday on a 17-11 vote, positioning it for a formal vote that could occur next week. Senate passage would send the bill to the House.
The preliminary approval came two days after the legislation failed on an 11-11 tie as opponents argued against new government restrictions. Proponents say the ban is needed to make roads safer.
The bill would prohibit writing, reading or sending text messages and e-mails while driving. Violators would face a $50 fine. If involved in an accident, they'd face a fine of $200.