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Glendale becomes latest Arizona city to ban cell phones while driving

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Posted at 7:52 PM, Jan 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-08 21:56:18-05

GLENDALE, AZ — Glendale is the most recent Arizona city to ban cell phone use behind the wheel.

Glendale city council members passed the ordinance at a meeting Tuesday, and will go into effect 30 days from now.

The ordinance states you can be pulled over for using your phone, even if you're at a stop light. Police will be trained on the requirements and exceptions, which include calling 911 and whether you're in the process of switching to 'hands free mode' on a device.

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Brendan Lyons, the Executive Director of the organization 'LOOK! Save a Life' came from Tucson to Glendale to show his support. He shared his story about being hit by a distracted driver while riding his bike.

"I come to these meetings from all around the state to utilize my voice because all too often I meet families who no longer have their loved ones with them because of something that was completely preventable," he said.

If caught using your phone behind the wheel, you could face a fine of up to $250.