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City council members will vote on changing hands-free ordinance to primary offense

Posted at 4:03 PM, Jan 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-21 19:22:32-05

The beginning of January, the Tucson City Council voted 4 - 2 to move forward with changes to the city's hands-free ordinance. 

As of now, using a phone or tablet while driving without a hands-free device is a secondary offense. That means you could only get cited if you were pulled over for another violation. 

According to the Executive Director of LOOK! Save a Life, Brendan Lyons, the council's decision to reclassify their hands-free ordinance as a primary offense, makes it more consistent throughout Pima County. 

"It now becomes a regional wide effort with the city of Tucson, Pima County and town of Oro Valley all having the same ordinance in place. I think its just really important and it creates a consistent message throughout our community." 

The city council will vote on the ordinance again on Tuesday, until then the law will remain the same.