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Prescott Valley Police Chief Bryan Jarrell wants to remind all vehicle drivers that the Town of Prescott Valley Ordinance (#11-02-180) which forbids the use of handheld mobile communication devices while operating a motor vehicle becomes effective January 19, 2019.
Handheld mobile communication device includes the use of any mobile communication instrument with either hand (including simply holding it to take a phone call) while driving any motor vehicle.
An exception is allowed for being safely stopped on the side of the roadway. Certain exemptions also are provided for citizen communications with safety and medical personnel, by safety and medical personnel in the course of their duties, and activating or deactivating hands-free use of a device.
Penalties for violating the ordinance are $100 for the first offense and up to $2,500 for any subsequent violations within 12 months of a prior offense.
From January 19 until March 1, the police department will conduct a campaign to inform and educate the public by issuing warnings; however, after March 1, violators will be issued citations. Signs will be installed this week on various roads in Prescott Valley.
The Police Department acknowledges that using a cellphone while driving is just one of the many distractions that can lead to unsafe driving. Other distractions can be eating, personal grooming, dealing with a pet, and reading. The Department encourages all drivers to drive defensively and be aware of all others on the roadway.
If you see any suspicious activities, you are encouraged to contact your local law enforcement agency.
Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies, or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.