Driving and using mobile devices that are not operating in a hands-free mode, is illegal within Surprise city limits effective this Thursday, September 6.
The ordinance, which Council approved last month, 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.
To read the ordinance, please visit: http://bit.ly/2MHsDTI
This ordinance is another tool in the city’s Drive Wise, Surprise campaign to encourage safe driving habits.