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Nogales aims to curb motorist cellphone use by passing new ordinance

TUCSON – Motorists traveling on Nogales roads will soon only be using hands-free devices. Nogales City Council passed a hands-free ordinance Wednesday.

Under this ordinance, law enforcement officers are allowed to pull over a motorist as long as the officer has “reasonable cause” to believe the motorist is using a portable electronic device without a hands-free device.

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Texting and driving/ Courtesy: U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sadie Colbert/Released

Motorists who violate this ordinance can receive a civil penalty of $50 for the first violation, $100 for the second violation and $200 for subsequent violations. If a violator is involved in a collision, the minimum penalty is $250.

After this ordinance was passed, Nogales became the 27th jurisdiction to pass either a hands-free or texting ban for motorists.

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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