UAPD says ‘hands free’ Arizona law now in effect on campus

UAPD says ‘hands free’ Arizona law now in effect on campus
The University of Arizona said the student was living in the Sonora dorm and tested positive for COVID-19 after they went home to live with their family. (Source: KOLD News 13)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - On Wednesday, Jan. 6. the University of Arizona Police Department announced that Arizona’s new cell phone law prohibiting the use of mobile devices while driving, is in full effect on campus.

The law became effective in the state beginning the new year, and allows officers to stop drivers and issue citations when drivers are caught engaging in such behavior, with fines up to $250.

Drivers cannot hold or support wireless devices while driving; read or write text messages while driving; or watch, record or use media content or web-based programs while driving.

The only times a driver can use a mobile device are when calling 911 to report an emergency; when using hands-free settings like voice-text or speakerphone; or when a driver is safely stopped at a red traffic light.

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