- Casey Hamm
- December 7, 2015
CALLING ALL YUMA DRIVERS! Yuma has banned cell phone use while driving.
Yuma’s ban on motorists using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving was officially approved in November and it goes into effect December 4th.
The city of Yuma follows San Luis, who implemented the same ban this past Spring. The council voted 5-1 to add the ban to the city’s traffic rules.
The ordinance will prohibit drivers from using a handheld device like cellphones, tablets, electronic games, etc. for talking, texting, etc. while they are on the road.
You can, however, use technology like BlueTooth or other means of hands-free operation.
Other exceptions include law enforcement and emergency vehicles if they are being used in an emergency or official capacity.
Also, drivers on private property and those who are legally parked are the exception to the rule, as are CB and ham radio users.
If you are a driver and you are cited. you will face a civil traffic fine of $100 per offense, or $250 if you are involved in a collision. If you are involved in an accident and can prove you were using the phone or other device to call law enforcement authorities and you can prove that, the ticket will be dismissed.
The law takes effect on December 4th, and YPD says they will then launch a 30 day period of public education and warnings (but tickets will not be issued).
Arizona is just one of two states that has not yet enacted any sort of ban on texting or talking while operating a motor vehicle. Because of this, San Luis, Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson and other cities have been compelled to pass their own.
Yuma’s ban on motorists using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving was officially approved by the City Council Wednesday night, a vote that was a long time coming for Gilbert Hernandez.
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