Senate rejects texting while driving amendment - FOX 35 News Orlando

Senate rejects texting while driving amendment

Posted: Updated:
  • Arizona PoliticsMore>>

  • 2014 Arizona Primary election: Track top races

    2014 Arizona Primary election: Track top races

    The poll results are coming in, and some races have already been called.  | Full election results
    The poll results are coming in, and some races have already been called.  | Full election results
  • Doug Ducey wins GOP primary for Arizona governor

    Doug Ducey wins GOP primary for Arizona governor

    State Treasurer and former CEO Doug Ducey won the Republican primary for Arizona governor Tuesday, riding to victory with a campaign that focused on his blend of government and business experience in serving as a state official and building an ice cream company into a national brand.
    State Treasurer and former CEO Doug Ducey won the Republican primary for Arizona governor Tuesday, riding to victory with a campaign that focused on his blend of government and business experience in serving as a state official and building an ice cream company into a national brand.
  • Actor George Takei talks about his documentary and politics

    Actor George Takei talks about his documentary and politics

    Actor and political activist George Takei is premiering his new documentary in Scottsdale.Takei is best-known for playing Hikaru Sulu on the Star Trek series and films.He has ties to Arizona including being married to an Arizonan, who was born in the state, and his mother lived in the White Mountains.
    Actor and political activist George Takei is premiering his new documentary in Scottsdale.Takei is best-known for playing Hikaru Sulu on the Star Trek series and films.He has ties to Arizona including being married to an Arizonan, who was born in the state, and his mother lived in the White Mountains.

PHOENIX (AP) - 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 required.
 
The amendment failed on a 16-12 party-line vote Tuesday with two Senators absent.
 
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 years.

Related stories

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices