It's the Law: No mobile phones in school zones - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/29/12

It's the Law: No mobile phones in school zones

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The first week of school means more pedestrian foot traffic which is why school faculty wants to focus on safety.

In 2009, Texas Legislature passed House Bill 55 which would prohibit the use of a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle.

This law does not apply to those with hands free devices or if the vehicle is parked.

The City then posted signs in school zones in 2010 to enforce the law.

KCBD NewsChannel 11 scoped various school zones to see if parents adhered to those guidelines. The entire time our cameras filmed cars in school zones, we did not see anyone using a cell phone illegally.

As students cross the street in a hurry before and after, school the legislature wanted to ensure safety. LISD officers are working to enforce that law.

"Obviously they could run into the street chase a ball, you know, they could you know they can be unpredictable sometimes," said LIDS Police Chief Jody Scifres. "I mean, most children were taught well and know better and know what to do, but there are times when they run out into the road." Since parents can also be in a rush after they drop off their children or teens, this law requires them to slow down and pay a little more attention.

Scifres encourages everyone to leave early to keep school zones safe.

"5 minutes makes a big difference if you get there a little bit early, you can alleviate some of the congestion around schools."

The law applies to all students under the age of 18, even outside of school zones, as Texas state law states that those under the age of 18 are prohibited to use their cell phones while operating a vehicle.

Tickets can cost up to $200.

An open records request has been sent to LISD for the number of tickets and citations issued since this law has been enforced.

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