County Votes to Ban Texting While Driving

Joining Tucson and other cities, the Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously yesterday to approve an ordinance that prohibits drivers from using 'a handheld electronic device for any purpose other than to initiate, receive, or engage in voice communication,' meaning making and receiving calls still is allowed.

Like the City of Tucson's ordinance, violation of the ban is a civil traffic offense, punishable by a $100 fine, or $250 if involved in an accident. However, unlike Tucson's ban, the County ordinance makes violations a primary offense, so law enforcement officers can pull over any motorist they suspect is using a cell phone illegally. The measure will take effect in 30 days.

Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.