Planning on driving through Florence, AZ anytime soon? Effective March 19th, if you do while using your cellphone, you could be fined up to $250.
On Feb 19, 2019, the Florence Town Council voted to forbid the use of "portable wireless communication devices" while driving through their town. The motion passed with a 5-2 vote.
The Ordinance 670-19 prohibits handheld cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle within the Town of Florence. The violation would be considered a primary offense, which means an officer could use the observed violation to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle and then issue you a $250 civil fine.
There is a current bill (SB1165) working its way through the Arizona Legislature at this time that would "prohibit driving while holding, typing, or manually operating a portable device unless the driver is stopped at a red light, a railroad crossing, or is parked." Under the bill, fines range between $75 to $149 for the first offense and $150 to $250 for subsequent offenses.
If SB1165 passes and is signed by the Governor, the Town of Florence will rescind their ordinance.