Distracted Driving

Driving and using mobile devices that are not operating in a hands-free mode, is illegal within Surprise city limits.

The ordinance, which went into effect September 6, 2018, penalizes driving and using a mobile communications device unless usage is in hands-free mode or if the driver is communicating an emergency situation to emergency personnel.

Ordinance violators will be subject to a civil penalty of up to $250 plus any other assessments authorized by law.

Public safety personnel operating in their professional capacity are exempt from the ordinance.

Drivers can continue to use two-way radio communication as long as they continue to safely operate the vehicle.


While phone use is the only distracted driving behavior covered in the city’s Distracted Driving Ordinance, there are other distractions that should be avoided while operating a vehicle to reduce the risk of an accident.;

Simple things that may not seem distracting include:
  • Changing a CD
  • Adjusting controls
  • Talking with a passenger
  • Fastening your seatbelt
  • Applying your makeup
These actions cause you to take your mind off driving and your eyes off the road!

Learn more about the city’s effort to promote safe driving. Drive Wise, Surprise!