Safe Family: Cell Phones and School Zones

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

Cell phone laws don't currently apply to all aspects of the roadway. For example, it is not illegal to talk on your cell phone while driving your car. But now lawmakers are beginning to think more about safety issues regarding cell phones, and when it is or is not appropriate to be on the phone. Recently, the city council in Highland Park, near Dallas, decided to pass a law banning people from talking on their cell phones while driving in a school zone. There, people are not allowed to dial, text message, or have the cell phone to their ear while driving in the school zone. But, they can still talk on the phone as long as they are using an ear piece, such as a Blue Tooth device, or earphones that plug into the handheld unit.

Sherman residents said many of the same things people in Highland Park said. Parent Jesus Vlasquez noted, "[People are] zooming by, paying no attention [in school zones]." Crossing guard Kay Dillon helps kids and parents cross the street outside of Crutchfield Elementary and says there have been several instances where she or the kids were almost hit. "I've got to protect the kids," she said. But with people chatting on cell phones and not paying attention in the school zones, Dillon believes it's difficult for people to stay safe.

Sherman Mayor Bill Magers said there are no plans for the city council to take the issue up locally. "It's not even on the radar screen," he said. But, if you'd like to let your lawmakers and city councils know how you feel about the issue, give them a call. Below is a list of numbers you can contact. And click on the links to learn more about cell phone safety.

Sherman City Hall
903-892-7206

Denison
(903) 465-2720

Ardmore
(580) 221-2500

Durant
(580) 924-7222

Paris
(903) 785-7511

Bonham
(903) 583-7555

http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/cellphone_laws.html

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/research/wireless/

http://www.businessweek.com/autos/content/jan2006/bw20060103_745302.htm


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