No tolerance for new school zone cell phone law - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/17/10

No tolerance for new school zone cell phone law

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The city of Lubbock officially kicked off its campaign to warn drivers not to use cell phones when driving through school zones.

Monday kicks off the start of school here on the South Plains, and if you are caught using your cell phone when the lights are flashing, be prepared to pay up.

"Some of the laws are written with grace periods in there, this isn't one of them," said Sgt. John Hayes with the Lubbock Police Department.

Hayes says consider that your warning. Once kids are back in school on Monday, law enforcement agencies are ready to crack down.

"The state and our department feels like the safety of our children is of the utmost importance, so we are not giving folks that violate that law, the opportunity to kind of get by with it," said Hayes.

The Texas law states when driving in a school zone with flashing lights and a sign posted, it is illegal to be talking on or using your cell phone. The city of Lubbock says between all 52 school zones, by the start of school 104 signs will be up.

Jerry Arranaga is the Chief of Police for Frenship ISD and he says drivers are usually in a hurry before and after school and he hopes this new law will bring awareness to just how dangerous distracted drivers can be.

"With today's technology it's very common to see people communicating with hand devices so I think its going to be a positive step towards school safety," said Arranaga.

Violators could face up to a $200 fine.

"Keep in mind that everybody has the same goal, get the kids to school safely and pick them up safely," said Arranaga.

"It's very important and we are going to enforce it as we should," said Hayes.

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