Cottonwood, AZ moves to follow Yavapai County lead on cellphone distracted driving ordinance

As the state still struggles with passing a statewide ban on cellphone distracted driving, Cottonwood is following Yavapai County’s lead.

The city ordinance updates Cottonwood’s existing code to mirror the one adopted by Yavapai County in October. Right now, the county’s ordinance only encompasses unincorporated areas. Council had its first reading Tuesday during a regular meeting.

The city’s proposed ordinance states: “No person shall, except as otherwise provided in this section, use a mobile communication device while operating a motor vehicle upon a street or highway, unless that device is specifically designed or configured to allow hands-free use and is used in that manner while operating a motor vehicle. A law enforcement officer may stop a motor vehicle or motor driven cycle if the officer has reasonable suspicion to believe a violation of this Section is occurring.”

The ordinance carries a civil traffic violation.