Distracted driving ordinance takes effect in Tempe

Distracted driving ordinance takes effect in Tempe

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – 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.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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