A distracted driving law is now in effect in Surprise, making it illegal to use mobile devices that are not hands-free.
Arizona is one of just two states that does not have a statewide ban on texting and driving, however many cities are taking matters into their own hands and passing ordinances like this one.
Violators could face a fine of $250.
However, Surprise Police Department Chief Terry Young said during a recent interview that the purpose of the ordinance isn’t to give people fines. He says that instead, he hopes officers will have a conversation with drivers about roadway safety.
"There are drivers that don't drive in our city very often," Chief Young explained. "And they come from other cities and when it's not a state law and each city got its own sort of set of rules, it might be appropriate to just have that conversation."
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey did sign a law into effect in 2017 that put a texting ban in place for teenage drivers as a secondary offense.
Crash data from the Arizona Department of Transportation indicates someone is killed in a crash every nine hours in Arizona.