Tempe Passes Toughest Texting & Driving Law in Arizona

Tempe Passes Toughest Texting & Driving Law in Arizona


Tempe recently passed a city ordinance that gives law enforcement additional authority to fine drivers for texting and driving. According to azcentral.com, if an officer sees your vehicle swerving and sees your cell phone out, that officer can stop you and issue a citation for texting and driving. It is not clear if it is simply “texting” and driving, or whether it is using your device at all. There is also no mention what authority the officer has to rifle through your phone, if at all.

Most states have penalties for cell phone use and driving, although Arizona as a state does not. In Arizona, the cities of Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff and now Tempe each have specific laws, but none that can be enforced statewide. Being cited for this violation will only be a city code violation, meaning it will not be reported to the Motor Vehicle Department, and you will not get points on your license. That being said, the city will still happily charge you a fine, as they tend to do. The law is expected to take effect within approximately 30 days.

About the Author: Robert Gruler

author infoRobert was admitted to the Arizona State Bar in 2013 and the California State Bar in 2015. Robert is also admitted in Federal Court in the District of Arizona and has being awarded the distinction of being in the Nations Top 1% of Attorneys awarded by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Robert’s primary focus in criminal defense is DUI and allegation of driving while impaired. Robert believes a vigorous defense is essential to protecting all citizens’ rights and upholding the traditions embodied by the Bill of Rights. Robert was born in Arizona and attended Arizona State University and Brophy College Preparatory where he was regional champion and captain of the wrestling team.