TEMPE (3TV/CBS 5) -- Back in 2015, the City of Tempe adopted a de facto hands free law, whereas drivers could still use their phones as long as they weren’t considered a menace on the roads. 

Fast forward to 2019, and now the rules have changed.

[RELATED:Tempe approves new, stricter distracted driving laws]

The City of Tempe wants to change the culture of dangerous habits about using your phone while driving.

The updated hands-free rules are that drivers cannot hold their phones for any reason when they are driving or or stopped in traffic,

However, the updated ordinance does permit usage at a red light or rail crossing where the vehicle is stopped, but if you are still using the device while the vehicle is moving you would be in violation. 

I tried to educate drivers about the updated rules in Tempe and talked to some drivers with fairly colorful results. 

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Before long, traffic tickets of up to $500 could be handed out to drivers who ignore Tempe's new hands-free ordinance.

There is a possibility of a statewide texting and driving ban being adopted, but for now, each city creates its own hands-free laws.

RELATED: Caught Misbehaving: Drivers ignoring Glendale's new hands-free law

Caught Misbehaving with Stanley Roberts exposes individuals who brazenly defy the law or common courtesy, risking social and/or legal consequences. His reports air regularly on CBS 5 News at 10 p.m.

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Stanley exposes individuals who brazenly defy the law or common courtesy, risking social and/or legal consequences.

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Did you even read Tempe's news notice? You can use your phone when stopped at a light: "Exceptions to the ordinance include if a driver is using a mobile device while parked on the side of a road, stopped at a railroad crossing or at a red light." It's literally the sixth paragraph all on it's own on Tempe's news release. Some lazy and inaccurate reporting Stanley.

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