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Tucson City Council bans driving while holding cellphone

Posted at 11:19 AM, Mar 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 14:21:09-04
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Tucson City Council has approved a new ban on using cellphones while driving.
 
The council voted Tuesday to approve an ordinance that would fine drivers $250 the first time they're caught using a phone without a hands-free device. A second offense would be a $500 fine.
 
The minimum fine for someone involved in a car accident while using a cell phone will be $2,500.
 
The cellphone ordinance will be a secondary offense, meaning drivers must be pulled over for another reason for police to cite them. Using a cellphone will not be enough for a police officer to stop a vehicle.
 
The measure will go into effect May 1. City officials will review the law in six months.