Crackdown on drivers using hand-held cellphones in Flagstaff area starts Saturday
Starting November 22, Coconino County law enforcement will begin cracking down on the use of cellphones without a hands-free device while driving.
The law was passed in April. It came with a grace period, during which officers could issue warnings to drivers who violated the law, but that time is about to expire.
Texting or otherwise typing is banned, but there are a few exceptions to the talking rule:
An emergency call to 911, a hospital, or a doctor
Operating an authorized law enforcement vehicle
A licensed radio operator may use a two-way radio
When driving on private property
If the driver pulls off the roadway "in a safe and legal location."
The fine for violation is $100, and if the driver is involved in an accident, the fine can jump to $250.
The law applies throughout Coconino County, which includes Flagstaff and Grand Canyon National Park, unless a city or town has a different ordinance.