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Pima County hands-free ordinance effective June 1

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Posted at 4:23 PM, May 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 19:23:32-04
The Pima County Board of Supervisors recently voted in a new ordinance which prohibits the use of an electronic device while driving in Pima County.
 
According to a media release from the Pima County Sherrif's Department, the news hands-free driving ordinance goes into effect on June 1.
 
In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle collisions involving distracted drivers.
 
According to the ordinance: 
A person may not use a handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle on a street or highway unless that device is specifically designed or configured to allow hands-free use and is used in that manner. It is a civil traffic offense to violate this ordinance.
 
There will be a 60-day grace period for enforcement efforts. During this grace period, drivers will receive a written warning if they are found to be in violation of this ordinance.
 
Use of a two-way radio will not be a violation of this ordinance.