Espanola bans cell phone usage while driving

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By The Staff

Española is the third New Mexico city, joining Santa Fe and Albuquerque, to ban the use of cell phones while driving a vehicle.

The new ban includes driving while talking, dialing or texting on cell phones, except with a hands-free device or in emergencies.

Española City Council passed the ban on June 10, police began issuing warnings July 1 and will start writing $100 tickets until Aug. 14.

The 45-day grace period allows the public to get the word about the new ordinance, Mayor Joe Maestas said.

Signs announcing the ban are placed at all four entrances to Española, he said.

Also, notices have been distributed in utility bills and through public service announcements on KDCE radio and in the Rio Grande Sun.