Driving and using your mobile devices, that are not operating in a hands-free mode, is now illegal within Surprise city limits.
City Council approved the Distracted Driving Ordinance at their Regular Meeting, Tuesday night.
The ordinance penalizes driving and using a mobile communications devise 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.
“This ordinance is another tool in the Drive Wise, Surprise campaign to encourage safe driving habits,” says Police Chief Terry Young. “The only place your eyes should be while driving is on the road. No text message or phone call is worth risking a collision.”
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.
The Distracted Driving Ordinance goes into effect 30 calendar days following Council’s approval.