GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5/AP) -- The City of Glendale will be initiating their texting-and-driving ban Thursday after the ordinance was passed the same night Salt River Police Officer Clayton Townsend was struck and killed by a distracted driver.

The Glendale City Council voted unanimously on Jan. 8 to enact the ban, which goes into effect today.

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The Glendale ordinance prohibits talking on a cellphone, sending a text message or otherwise using a handheld communications device while driving in the city unless the device is in hands-free mode.

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Glendale police say there will be an education and warning period of about six months before officers begin enforcement of the ban.

The fine for the first offense is $250.

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The City of Glendale said Surprise and El Mirage have similar bans.

As cities begin enacting their own bans, Arizona lawmakers are pushing for a statewide ban, which is backed by Gov. Doug Ducey.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in late Jan. called for approval of a bill requiring the use of hands-free devices while behind the wheel of a car.

 


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