Statewide Ban Proposed for Texting While Driving, but Sexting Is a Different Story
Sorry to the people who don't like looking out of the windshield while operating a motor vehicle, but state legislators are proposing a ban on texting while driving.
If you're worried you'll get a ticket for sending naked pictures of yourself on your phone while driving, fear not, because it doesn't look like that would be a problem under this proposal.
Senate Bill 1218 proposes fines just for sending a "written message" on a "wireless communication device," so sending naked pictures -- OK, any pictures -- doesn't seem to be an issue.
Under this proposal, getting caught the first time costs $100, and then it's $300 every time after that.
If someone is texting while driving and gets into an accident, that's $300.
Democratic state Senator Steve Farley's the sponsor on the Senate side, and Dem representatives Chad Campbell and Victoria Steele are sponsoring it on the House side.
Word to the wise -- even if this legislation gets downed again, municipal ordinances like texting-and-driving bans in Phoenix and Tucson still apply.
Click here to see details on SB 1218.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Phoenix New Times' biggest stories.
- Inmates Accuse Arizona of Experimenting with Lethal-Injection Drugs
- 10 Things Arizonans Hate About Snowbirds
- Scottsdale Couple Are Pioneers in Tiny-Home Movement in Arizona