Pima County Sheriff's Department

1750 E. Benson Highway
Tucson, AZ 85714
(520) 351-4600
In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

Press Release

Pima County Hands-Free Ordinance Goes Into Effect Tomorrow

Sent on 5/31/2017 2:18:28 PM

May 31, 2017 This is a reminder that the new Pima County “Hands-Free” Ordinance goes into effect tomorrow, June 1, 2017. According to this ordinance (10.34.020): “A person may not use a handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle on a street or highway unless that device is specifically designed or configured to allow hands-free use and is used in that manner.” Use of a two-way radio will not be a violation of this ordinance. Use of a handheld electronic device in the event of an emergency will also be exempt. It is a civil traffic offense to violate this ordinance. There will be a sixty-day grace period for enforcement efforts. During this grace period, drivers will receive a written warning as well as an educational pamphlet if they are found to be in violation. Violators who cause a collision will not be eligible for a warning and will be cited. It is the goal of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department to create safer roadways through education, awareness, and enforcement. Remember, don’t drive distracted…just drive. For more information, please visit our website at www.pimasheriff.org.


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