Ban on using mobile devices while driving goes in effect in Tempe today

- A new ordinance banning the use of any mobile device while driving a vehicle in Tempe goes into effect this weekend.
 
A distracted driving ordinance approved by Tempe City Council members last month began Saturday.
 
The law prohibits texting, talking or any activity with an electronic device that could create a distraction while driving.
 
Devices include iPods, laptops or anything that isn't hands-free or voice-operated.
 
Tempe Police plan to give drivers a 90-day grace period where they will only issue warnings.
 
Ticketing will begin Jan. 22.
 
Drivers found violating the ordinance for the first time will be fined $100.
 
Offenders repeating violations in a 24-month period will be fined $500 along with a penalty.

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