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Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Passes Texting And Driving Ban

Texting while driving is now illegal in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

The ordinance passed the tribe’s legislative council this week. It bans texting while driving on all reservation roadways in the East Valley.

The law was created by the community’s youth council. Member Mikah Carlos added the goal is to make the area safer for everyone.

"Not just members but people that pass through on a daily basis," said Carlos. "We have over 90,000 people driving through the community on a daily basis."

The Salt River Police Department says it will implement a 90-day educational period before issuing tickets. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community joins several Arizona cities that already have a texting and driving ban on the books.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.