Coconino County to begin enforcing cellphone ban

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Coconino County authorities can start citing drivers Saturday for talking on their cellphones without a hands-free device.

The county approved an ordinance in April that generally bans texting and making calls with cellphones and other electronic devices while driving. Authorities have been giving warnings for the past few months.

The ban has several exceptions. For example, it doesn't apply in emergency calls to police or fire departments, or to a hospital, doctor's office or ambulance service.

Anyone found violating the ban could be fined $100. The fee goes up to $250 if the violation causes a collision.

County Supervisor Mandy Metzger says she's hopeful the ordinance brings attention to distracted driving and improves safety on the roads.

The ordinance allowed cities within the county to opt out.

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