Jan. 1 marks first day Arizonans can get pulled over for phone use while driving

Beginning in the new year, Arizona drivers will be subject to a new law prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Beginning in the new year, Arizona drivers will be subject to a new law prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Beginning in the new year, Arizona drivers will be subject to a new law prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Beginning in the new year, Arizona drivers will be subject to a new law prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving.

Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law HB 2318 on April 22, 2019. The law is set to take effect Jan. 1, 2021.


According to the text of the law, unless a motor vehicle is parked or stopped, a person may not operate a motor vehicle on a street or highway if the person does either of the following:

1. Physically holds or supports with any part of the person's body either of the following:

  • A portable wireless communication device, except that a person may use a portable wireless communication device with an earpiece, headphone device or device worn on a wrist to conduct a voice-based communication

  • A stand-alone electronic device




2. Writes, sends or reads any text-based communication, including a text message, instant message, email or internet data, on a portable wireless communication device or stand-alone electronic device. This paragraph does not apply to either of the following:

  • The use of voice-based communications, including through the use of a portable wireless communication device or stand-alone electronic device, to direct the writing, sending, reading or other communicating of any text-based communication.

  • The use of a portable wireless communication device or stand-alone device when used in a hands-free manner for:

    • Navigation of the motor vehicle

    • Use of a global positioning system

    • Obtaining motor vehicle information or information related to driving a motor vehicle





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