El Paso Police issued 175 Wireless Communications Device Violations citations during the first seven of enforcement.
The ordinance went into effect on May 1.
Facts about the ordinance:
The wireless communication device ordinance was passed on March 9, 2010 by City Council.
The intent of the ordinance is to promote traffic safety by reducing driver distractions while using a cell phone.
WHEN CAN YOU USE YOUR WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE While stopped AND off of the roadway. When the device is a part of the vehicle or affixed to the vehicle. All wireless communication devices must be used solely in a voice-activated or other hands-free mode SAFELY while operating on a public roadway at all times. CANNOT USE A WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE Even the temporary or brief use of a hand-held wireless communication device is generally unacceptable and can result in a citation. The use of a hands-free device can still result in a citation if it is used in an unsafe manner which results in driver distraction or unsafe vehicle operation.
IN AN EMERGENCY YOU CAN USE YOUR DEVICE Request emergency assistance to report a traffic accident, medical emergency, or serious traffic hazard, or to prevent a crime about to be committed or other life threatening event or danger.
QUICK REVIEW If you hold your cell phone while driving OR use a hands-free device in an unsafe manner you may receive a citation under this ordinance.