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.

[RELATED: Texting and driving: Should Arizona ban it?]

June Frederick said a texting driver hit her truck two years ago.

"I'm just lucky I wasn't hurt," said Frederick.

[ORIGINAL STORY: Glendale has banned use of handheld cellphones while driving]

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.

[RELATED: Surprise approves distracted driving ban]

"The law should have been here a long time ago along with California," said Frederick.

 


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