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Officers May Issue Citations for the Town of Oro Valley's Hands-Free Ordinance

August 4, 2017

On January 6, 2017, the Town of Oro Valley adopted a hands-free ordinance, restricting drivers from holding a mobile telephone or portable electronic device while operating a motor vehicle.  For the past six months members of the Town have participated in an extensive educational effort.  Partnerships between the community, Mayor and Council, Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) personnel and Oro Valley Engineering personnel have resulted in the production of multiple public service announcements and the installation of Hands Free signs at entrances to the Town.  OVPD officers have issued 1041 written warnings in conjunction with disseminating hands free informational pamphlets.  OVPD officers will continue the educational effort for the duration of August 2017 with an increased emphasis on back to school motorists.  Effective September 1, 2017, the warning period will be concluded and officers may issue citations to motorists in violation of this new ordinance.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our community for driving safely by minimizing distractions.
Town of Oro Valley’s Hands-Free Ordinance 90-Day Update

ORO VALLEY, Arizona (April 18, 2017) – On January 6, 2017, the Town of Oro Valley adopted a hands-free ordinance, restricting drivers from holding a mobile telephone or portable electronic device while operating a motor vehicle.  During the first 90 days of the new law, the Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) issued 766 warnings to drivers who were in violation of the new regulation. In addition, police officers and Town staff handed out thousands of educational brochures and held two educational events; at Roche Tissue Diagnostic (Town’s largest employee group) and the Rooney Ranch Shopping Plaza.

To further promote our educational campaign the Town has partnered with the Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Mountain Vista Fire Department, the Golder Ranch Fire Department, AT & T, and the LOOK! Save a Life organization.  Just recently, the Jim Click Automotive Group has committed to furthering our educational efforts. There will be more information to come on that great partnership.

Since the ordinances adoption, officers have reported having a harder time finding drivers with cellphone’s and other electronic mobile devices in their hand.

The Oro Valley Police Department thanks our amazing community for supporting the new law and for helping to improve traffic safety within the Town.

OVPD will continue its educational efforts for at least six more months. If you have any questions about this release please contact Lt. Chris Olson at 229-4902.