Tucson City Council said the city's current ban on texting and driving does not go far enough to keep people safe, so Tuesday, they discussed banning all phone use unless using it hands-free.
Tucson Fire Department and Tucson Police Department support the ordinance.
This ordinance would allow TPD officers to pull you over for using your phone as a primary violation.
If the new @cityoftucson hands-free ordinance passes, you can be pulled over and ticketed even if you're at a stop light or stop sign. pic.twitter.com/ExHJ6magQP
— Alexa Liacko (@AlexaLiacko) January 10, 2017
Since the texting and driving ban was put in place in 2012, TPD has only issued 90 tickets for the violation, which is only about 20 tickets a year.
For comparison: in just the last year, TPD handed out more than 27,000 tickets for speeding.
If approved in Tuesday's City Council study session, the council could take a vote to finalize this ban as soon as their next meeting.