ORO VALLEY HAS A NEW DISTRACTED DRIVING ORDINANCE
Effective January 6, 2017, the Town of Oro Valley is a “hands-free” town, meaning drivers are not allowed to hold a cellular phone or other electronic mobile device while operating a motor vehicle. This ordinance also applies to drivers stopped at a red light.
Exceptions to this ordinance include 911 emergency calls and calls to a hospital or physician’s office. Click here to view Ordinance No. (O)16-15 (PDF)
Pima County has a new hands-free distracted driving ordinance
an’s office. This new ordinance went into effect on June 1, 2017. This means that drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or other electronic device while operating a motor vehicle on a street or highway within Pima County. If an electronic device is being used. It must be used in a “hands-free” manner.
Click here for Pima County ordinance brochure
City of Tucson Revised Distracted Driving Ordinance Now in Effect
Posted February 1, 2018
Starting today, Tucson Police Department officers will be handing out information cards describing the City of Tucson’s newly revised ordinance requiring the use of hands-free devices when using cell phones and other electronics while driving. This is part of a 30-day educational and warning period before officers start issuing citations for violators in March.
The Mayor and Tucson City Council last month approved the ordinance (Item 9) that makes texting and driving and the use of handheld electronic devices by motorists a primary offense in city limits. It had been a secondary offense, meaning officers needed to spot another violation before citing someone.
Under the revised ordinance, the civil violation fines are $50 for a first-time offense. A second violation will carry a $100 fine, and future fines will be $200. If involved in an accident, the fine will be $250 (even the first time).