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Yavapai County to consider cellphone, texting ban while driving

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors at its meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19, will hold a courtesy hearing for the public to attend and voice their opinions about the possibility of adopting Ordinance 2018-1, which would regulate the use of portable communication devices and texting while operating a motor vehicle.

The state Legislature has considered, but failed to adopt legislation that would prohibit texting while driving throughout Arizona. Therefore, local jurisdictions must determine individually whether to adopt an ordinance to prohibit texting while driving, a news release from Yavapai County states.

If approved by the Board of Supervisors, this ordinance would be effective throughout the unincorporated areas of Yavapai County, and within the jurisdictional boundaries of any city or town that chooses to adopt the ordinance too.

If you would like to voice your opinion, the meeting will be held in Cottonwood at the Yavapai County Board Room located at 10 South 6th St. The public can also email comments to Yavapai County Public Information Officer David McAtee at david.mcatee@Yavapai.us. Your comments will be collected and presented to the Board of Supervisors at the meeting.

The final hearing and adoption meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Prescott.

Information provided by Yavapai County.

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