An Arizona Senate panel wants to prohibit texting while driving.
Committee members approved the measure 5-0 on Feb. 15, sending it to the full Senate after a legal review.
It would prohibit writing, reading or sending text messages and e-mails while driving on a state highway. It does not prohibit talking on the phone while driving and allows drivers to type a name or telephone number to make a call.
Violators would be subject to a $50 fine. If they are involved in an accident, the fine would be $200.
Tucson Republican Sen. Al Melvin is sponsoring the measure. He says he is convinced it would save lives.
A similar measure was one vote short of passing the Senate last year. Two of the Senators who voted against it have since resigned to run for Congress.