TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - By a vote of 4 to 1 the City Council voted to approve the new hands free ordinance, making it a primary offense.
The new ordinance would go into effect on Feb. 1, there will be a 30-day grace period where drivers who are pulled over will only receive a warning. After that drivers who violate the ordinance will be ticketed.
The fee structure follows that of Oro Valley and are for a non-accident situation: $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second, and $200 for every offense after that.
Council member Regina Romero was the only 'no' vote, citing concerns about racial bias in traffic stops related to distracted driving.