Pima county texting and driving ban takes effect

TUCSON, AZ -

Pima County's ban on texting while driving takes effect on Thursday.

The ordinance bans the use of handheld electronic devices while driving a car on a street or highway, unless the device is on hands-free mode.

Pima County officials passed the ban in May. The city of Tucson already has a similar ban on texting while driving.

Officials say county sheriff's deputies will give drivers in violation of the ban a written warning instead of a citation during a 60-day grace period. They'll also hand out an educational pamphlet on the matter. 

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