The Tucson City Council passed an ordinance Feb. 22 that bans texting while driving.
The ordinance makes it a primary offense traffic violation to compose, send or read a written message while behind the wheel.
Law enforcement, medical personnel and public transit employees are exempt if using the device as part of their official duties.
The fine if pulled over is 100 dollars. If a violation results in an accident, the fine is 250 dollars.
The ordinance is based on the one in Phoenix. Tucson is the second city in Arizona with a ban and it will take effect April 1.
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