Bill to ban texting while driving resurrected in Arizona Senate

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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.