Town of Oro Valley's "Hands-Free" Ordinance 90-Day Update
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.