- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 24, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Tucson police will soon be able to pull over people who use cellphones behind the wheel after city officials approved an ordinance to reclassify the violation.

The city council on Tuesday voted in favor of making it a primary offense for drivers caught using a phone without hands-free equipment.

An ordinance went into effect last year that classified the violation as a secondary offense. Police could only cite drivers for using a phone if they were pulled over for other traffic violations.

The new ordinance goes into effect in February with a 30-day grace period where officers will issue warnings for the violation.

Drivers caught in violation after the grace period will be issued a $50 ticket for the first offense. The fine increases to $100 for a subsequent offense.

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