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No More Cellphone Use While Driving in Florence

No More Cellphone Use While Driving in Florence
No More Cellphone Use While Driving in Florence

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.

[READ ORDINANCE 670-19 HERE]

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.

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