TEMPE, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- If you're driving through Tempe, you'll need to stay off of your cell phone as police will begin issuing citations to people violating the city's distracted driving ordinance.
Per Tempe.gov, "The new changes, which take effect immediately, allow Tempe Police to cite drivers for holding, typing on or operating a mobile device while driving. Devices must be used in hands-free or voice-operated modes. Removing the distraction associated with handheld mobile devices will allow drivers to better focus attention on driving, resulting in improved safety for all roadway users.
Exceptions to the ordinance include if a driver is using a mobile device while parked on the side of a road, stopped at a railroad crossing or at a red light."
Drivers are subject to a $100 fine plus penalty for the first offense; $250 fine for the second offense plus penalty and a $500 fine plus penalty for repeat incidents within a 24-month period.
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Read the documents:
Tempe City Ordinance O2019.07
Today is the last day of the distracted driving educational period. Beginning tomorrow, enforcement is in effect. The distracted driving ordinance is a hands-free, primary offense. You cannot hold, type or operate a mobile device while driving. Info: https://t.co/NhowgGWfsz pic.twitter.com/0pLBnizyC1— City of Tempe, AZ (@Tempegov) March 31, 2019