If you're not a fan of looking out of the windshield while driving, we've got some good news -- the Arizona House voted down a bill that would outlaw texting and driving.
Municipal ordinances still apply -- like Phoenix's rarely used ordinance against texting and driving -- but Arizona's representatives have defended your freedom to shoot off a quick "LOL" with one hand, while you're controlling 4,000 pounds on the highway with the other.
Still, the ban that would have been enacted under the passage of House Bill 2125 called for a citation of just $50, but that went up to $200 if you were using a "handheld wireless communication device to manually write, send or read a written message while operating motor vehicle."
The bill's language came with some other caveats, too -- reading or entering a phone number to actually call someone would have been perfectly fine, as would texting while stopped at a stop sign or light. More »