Distracted Driving Ban Takes Effect in Arizona City

October 26, 2015

A new ordinance banning the use of any mobile device while driving a vehicle in Tempe went into effect over the weekend.

A distracted driving ordinance approved by Tempe City Council members last month began Saturday.

The law prohibits texting, talking or any activity with an electronic device that could create a distraction while driving.

Devices include iPods, laptops or anything that isn’t hands-free or voice-operated.

textingTempe police plan to give drivers a 90-day grace period where they will only issue warnings. Ticketing will begin Jan. 22 and drivers found violating the ordinance for the first time will be fined $100.

Offenders repeating violations in a 24-month period will be fined $500 along with a penalty.

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