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.