August 4, 2017

You've Been Warned: Pima County Ticketing Drivers on Cellphones

The period after the ban went into effect netted 700+ warnings for drivers in unincorporated areas.

cell phone Using a cell phone while driving is now illegal in Tucson.

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The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is now enforcing a ban on using cellphones and other devices while behind the wheel, unless a driver has a hands-free device.

The county Board of Supervisors approved the ordinance in May. It became effective in June, but sheriff’s deputies have been giving drivers warnings.

During the phase-in period, deputies issued 747 warnings to drivers caught using a handheld electronic device without a hands-free function enabled.

Now that a 60-day grace period is over, more drivers will be cited.

A similar ordinance is already in place in Oro Valley.

Tucson has another hands-free ordinance, but in the city it's a secondary offense, which means you have to be pulled over for something else, like expired tags or speeding, before you could be cited for driving while using a cell phone.

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