In October of 2018, Yavapai County banned the use of electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. In January 2019, the Town of Prescott Valley passed a similar ordinance. For several weeks officers only issued warnings to motorists in an effort to educate the public to the new laws. However, starting in March Prescott Valley Police Officers started issuing tickets for any violation of this new law. Officer issued more than 35 citations in the first three weeks of enforcement.
The Hands-Free ordinance will continue to be strictly enforced in an effort to reduce the number of injuries and deaths related to distracted driving in Prescott Valley. The Prescott Valley Police are urging motorists to put down their cell phones and other electronic devices and focus on safe driving.
The Prescott Valley Police would like to remind you that handheld devices are not the only type of distracted driving. Distracted driving includes eating, having a pet on your lap, reaching for items on the floor, adjusting the stereo and so much more. Be safe, be smart and avoid a tragedy, when behind the wheel, simply focus on safe driving.
Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies. You may also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.