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Updated Apr 24, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Arizona county restricts cellphone use while driving

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Coconino County has approved a new ordinance that
generally bans texting and making calls while driving, though the ban has several exceptions.

County officials said the ordinance approved Tuesday night by the Board of
Supervisors is an attempt to foster public health and safety by curbing
distracted driving.

Along with an exception for hands-free devices, the ban doesn’t apply in
emergency calls to police or fire departments or to a hospital, doctor’s office
or ambulance service.

The ordinance takes effect May 22.

Supervisors Chairman Matt Ryan said county officials postponed passing an
ordinance in hopes that the Arizona Legislature would pass a statewide law.

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