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Flagstaff to ban texting by drivers, cyclists

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — City officials in Flagstaff have approved a ban on
texting while driving or riding a bicycle.

The Arizona Daily Sun reported the Flagstaff City
Council unanimously voted to enact the ban Tuesday night.

The ordinance, however, does not go as far as a county-wide ban.

Coconino County passed a ban in May that forbids all cellphone use without a
hands-free device.

The Flagstaff ban is limited to texting or typing for emails or any instance
messaging program while a vehicle is in motion. But motorists and cyclists can
text or email if they are at a red light or pulled over on the side of the road.

Council members say no county officials reached out to them about coordinating

The city ban will become law Aug. 15.


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