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The ordinance, which encompasses the unincorporated areas of Yavapai County, goes into effect 30 days after the board’s approval. It states, “A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while holding in his or her hand, typing on or otherwise manually operating a portable communications device.” Adobe stock image

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Heads up! Ban on using handheld cellphones while driving begins Nov. 2

Ordinance covers unincorporated Yavapai County; towns, cities to decide on their own

The heartrending stories of family members and victims who continue to suffer after distracted driving behavior caused injury or death to a loved one convinced the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors to approve unanimously a new ordinance Wednesday, Oct. 3, banning the manual use of cellphones or other portable communications devices.