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Tucson's new ban on driving and holding a cellphone takes effect Monday

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TUCSON – The City of Tucson is the latest local government to start enforcing a new distracted driving law.

The city’s ordinance bans almost all cell phone use unless it is hands-free. It is a secondary violation, which means an officer has to stop somebody for a different offense before enforcing the distracted driving law.

On April 6, 2016 Tom Thompson was hit while riding his bicycle. He still has shoulder problems since the crash. He is now on the board of Look Save a Life, a nonprofit dedicated to distracted driving education.

“Drivers have to contend with our big intersections. They have to contend with pedestrians, cyclists,” Thompson said, “and to further be distracted is just a horrible idea.”

On Tuesday the Pima County Board of Supervisors will consider strengthening its distracted driving law.

Arlene Ozburn plans to attend and speak in support of the new law. Her daughter, Barbara Applebaum, died last year after somebody ran a red light and hit her.

“I have goosebumps talking about it,” Ozburn said. “I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. I wouldn't even wish it on the woman that caused the accident.”

The Arizona legislature just passed a law banning new teen drivers from using their cell phones.

Sharon Reeder was one of Applebaum’s friends.

“There are things that we can do to have a better quality of life,” Reeder said, “and for God's sake putting down your cell phone in the car and paying attention when you are driving is one of those things.”

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