You'll see those dreaded flashing lights of a cop car if you keep texting and driving in Tucson. The Tucson City Council voted 4-1 last week to make fooling with your mobile phone while behind the wheel a primary offense, meaning the cops can pull you over if they spot you uploading that selfie to Facebook when you're at a red light.
The new law goes into effect on Thursday, Feb. 1.
For the first 30 days, officers will be giving drivers warnings instead tickets to give drivers a bit of time to learn about the new law. Once March hits, it's open season and police will start hitting texting drivers with tickets. For the first offense, drivers will receive a $50 fine. From then on, the fine will gradually go up.
Councilwoman Regina Romero voted against making it a primary offense, saying she thought it would give cops a pretext to pull over Latinos and other minorities. She pointed to statistics that show that men and women of color are morel likely to have their vehicles searched if they are pulled over.