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Ariz. Senate advances ban on texting while driving

A bill to ban texting while driving is advancing in the Arizona Senate.

The Senate on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a bill making it a nonmoving civil traffic violation punishable by a $50 fine to manually enter information into a handheld wireless device to write, send or read written messages while driving.

The penalty would increase to $200 if the violator is involved in an accident.

Exemptions include allowing motorists to make a telephone call. And texting would be allowed if the motorist’s vehicle is stopped in traffic but not at a red light or stop sign.

Penalties would start in 2012 after a warning period.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says 38 states banned texting while driving as of 2010.

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One comment

  1. Bill seems to be good BUT it doesn’t go far enough – if you are driving and behind the wheel it should be $1000.00 and points (the maximum) for first offense after that you lose your right to drive.

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