Both Pima County and the Town of Oro Valley operate under local hands-free driving ordinances, and law enforcement officers across both communities will now issue citations for violations.
The Oro Valley Town Council approved the measure in January, The Pima County Board of Supervisors did so in May, the end of a “grace period” has been called by both jurisdictions.
For the past six months, the Oro Valley Police Department has participated in an educational effort with drivers, including multiple public service announcements and the installation of “Hands Free” signs at entrances to the town.
OVPD officers have issued 1041 written warnings, and officers will continue the educational effort for the duration of the month due to an influx of back to school motorists. Effective Sept. 1, the warning period will be concluded and officers may issue citations to motorists in violation of this new ordinance.
The Pima County Sheriff’s department called an end to its own grace period for the offense last Thursday, Aug. 3, and the department issued four citations, more than 360 written warnings and nearly 400 verbal warnings.