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Pima County hands-free cell phone ordinance goes into effect June 1

Posted at 5:16 PM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 17:53:52-04

Beginning Thursday, June 1, if you even touch your phone while you're driving you may be meeting a Pima County Sheriff's Deputy.

It's the first day of the County's new hands-free cell phone ordinance.

The ordinance says you must use hands-free devices like earphones or speaker phones.

You must not handle the phone, even if you're stopped at a red light.

While deputies may pull you over, the first 60 days will be a grace period.

"Which means we're going to be taking more of an educational approach to things.  If we find drivers in violation of the ordinance we're also going to be issuing written warnings and providing information packets; again just to ease the public into this new ordinance because it's going to take more time to get used to," said Deputy Gress, spokesperson with the Pima County Sheriff's Department

The county's law makes it illegal to use your phone when stopped at a red light because you are still in traffic and need to pay attention to what's around you.