Glendale the Latest Arizona City to Ban Cellphones While Driving
Glendale is the latest Arizona city to ban cellphones while driving. Last week, the city of Glendale Council voted unanimously to enact the new law after the tragic loss of the Salt River tribal police officer, who was struck and killed by a distracted driver on the 101 Loop near Scottsdale.
The Glendale ordinance prohibits talking on cellphones, sending text messages or otherwise using a handheld device while operating a motor vehicle, unless the device is in a hands-free mode.
The fine for the first offense is a whopping $250.00, however there will be a grace period for Valley residents for the next six months. The ordinance is also considered a primary offense, so a police officer can pull over a driver if they are using their handheld device.
What are the rules in other Valley of the Sun cities?
El Mirage – prohibits handheld-cellphone use while driving
Fountain Hills – prohibits texting while driving
Glendale – prohibits handheld-cellphone use while driving (takes effect Feb. 7)
Phoenix – prohibits texting while driving
Surprise – prohibits handheld-cellphone use while driving
Tempe – prohibits talking on the phone or texting, but only if police can prove the drivers pose a risk to themselves or others, and it’s a secondary offense
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