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Tucson City Council Bans Cell Phone Use While Driving

Van O'Steen

March 22, 2017

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Tucson, Arizona—On a 5-2 vote, the Tucson City Council has enacted a new ordinance that forbids the use of hand-held devices while driving. The ban goes into effect on May 1, 2017.

The ordinance provides that anyone caught using a cell phone which is not set to hands-free mode will be fined $250 for a first offense and $500 for a second violation.

For drivers who are involved in car accidents while using a cell phone, the minimum fine will be $2,500.

The cell phone ordinance makes the violation a “secondary offense.”  This means that a citation can be issued only when a driver is pulled-over for a reason other than cell phone use.

The City Council will review the new law after six months.

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