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Updated Apr 2, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Senate rejects texting while driving amendment

PHOENIX — The Arizona Senate has rejected an effort to create a statewide
ban on texting while driving by amending an existing House bill.

Democratic Sen. Steve Farley of Tucson said deaths and injuries caused by
drivers who were distracted by texting make a compelling argument for the ban.
He gave several examples of horrific accidents cause by distracted drivers.

Senate President Andy Biggs argued against the amendment. The Republican said
state law already makes reckless driving illegal and a texting ban isn’t

The amendment failed on a 16-12 party-line vote Tuesday with two Senators

The underlying bill received initial Senate approval on a voice-vote. It bans
marketers from sending unsolicited text messages.

Text-message driving bans have repeatedly failed in the Legislature in recent


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