Flaggstaff City Council approves ordinance banning texting while driving, biking

FLAGSTAFF, AZ - Drivers and cyclists may be banned from texting on their mobile devices in Flagstaff after an ordinance approved by the City Council this week.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that the ordinance bans writing, sending or reading text messages while in motion. It does allow drivers and bicyclists to look at their phones when stopped at a traffic light, for instance.

The ban doesn't apply to talking on a mobile phone since Coconino County has already adopted that prohibition but has delayed issuing tickets to allow for a six-month trial period.

Fines for violating the Flagstaff texting ban range from $100 to $250.

Final approval of the ordinance is expected July 15. The law would then officially take effect 30 days later.

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