A new ordinance in one Northern Arizona county is creating some buzz.
The Board of Supervisors in Coconino County approved an ordinance that includes a prohibition on CB use.
In an effort to limit driver distractions, the board acted to rein in truckers and other drivers who use hand-held devices while driving to talk or text. The restriction applies to cellphones, laptops, Ham and CB radios.
Exceptions will be made for emergencies. Emergency personnel will also be exempted.
County officials say action was needed to address statewide data that showed more than one-third of all Department of Safety interventions during a recent two-month period involved texting, cellphone use or other electronic media.
The ordinance, 2014:03, provides an exception for hand-held-device use “if it is equipped with an attachment or addition, whether or not permanently part of such device, which is not held by the driver during motor vehicle use.”
The ordinance is slated to take effect on May 22. An “education period” will be in place for the first six months before violators would face fines.
Violations could result in $100 fines. If violations result in a crash, drivers would face $250 fines. No points would be added to offenders’ driver’s licenses.
Cities in the county, including Flagstaff, can choose to follow the ban, create their own, or opt out completely.
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