After the death of Officer Clayton Townsend, discussion regarding texting and driving has once again come to the forefront. Officer Townsend was struck by a vehicle during a routine traffic stop. The driver admitted that he didn’t see the officer because he was texting.
Tempe has now made using your phone while driving a primary offense. This means that law enforcement can pull you over if they see you using, or even holding your phone, while operating a vehicle. Drivers will pay a fine of $100 for the first offense and $250 for any additional offenses.
Tempe is giving drivers a one month grace period, where warnings will be issued, while drivers adjust to the new change.
While the State of Arizona does not have any laws regarding the use of cell phones while driving, Tempe, Glendale, Phoenix, Surprise, El Mirage and Fountain Hills do.
Stay safe and don’t text and drive!