Hands Free Driving Oro Valley Effective Jan 6th

Dated: 01/05/2017

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Hands-free driving ordinance takes effect Jan. 6

Oro Valley, Arizona (January 5, 2017) – Oro Valley’s new “hands-free” Town ordinance becomes effective January 6, 2017. The new ordinance prohibits drivers from holding their electronic device while operating a motor vehicle on a public road, regardless of being stopped at a light or stop sign. Exceptions include calling 911 or speaking to a hospital or physician. Drivers are encouraged to utilize car manufactured Bluetooth integration, consumer Bluetooth devices, cellular phone mounts, and/or device speaker functions while driving. Single finger "touch and swipe" is allowed to activate and deactivate phone functions so long as the device is not in the driver’s hand.

The Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) will begin its educational campaign Monday, January 9, 2017. The educational campaign will be motorcycle and patrol officers conducting high visibility traffic stops on drivers seen holding a cellular phone or mobile electronic device (e.g. GPS, gaming device). Drivers will be warned about the violation and receive an educational pamphlet describing the provisions of the new ordinance.
OVPD will hold several outreach events in the coming months to educate the public. To learn more about this new ordinance please visit the Town’s website or contact Lt. Chris Olson at 520-229-4902 or email at colson@orovalleyaz.gov.

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