GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Glendale City Council passed an ordinance banning texting and driving the same night a texting driver hit and killed Salt River Police Ofc. Clayton Townsend.
People in Glendale said his death is a reminder of just how important it is to put phones down while driving.
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June Frederick said a texting driver hit her truck two years ago.
"I'm just lucky I wasn't hurt," said Frederick.
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Glendale's ordinance says if you use electronic devices while driving, they must be in hands-free mode.
The new ordinance goes into effect Feb. 7, and the fine for the first offense is $250.
The City of Glendale said Surprise and El Mirage have similar bans.
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"The law should have been here a long time ago along with California," said Frederick.