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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  • by josh Location: denison on Dec 10, 2007 at 04:39 AM
    sorry leroy i did not mean to make you cry it will be ok
  • by leroy Location: sherman on Dec 9, 2007 at 04:19 PM
    Sorry Josh but your wrong, pedestrians have the right or way.
  • by josh Location: ok on Dec 7, 2007 at 03:42 PM
    man i can drive just fine them kids need to stay out of the road the cops should do somthing about that not the drivers a car has the right away
  • by billy Location: denison on Dec 7, 2007 at 01:15 PM
    i think they should pass the law so you cant use your cell phone in a school zone it is just to risky i mean heaven forbin you put the phone down for block or two
  • by TX Location: Texoma on Dec 7, 2007 at 06:13 AM
    Id rather drive behind a drunk woman putting on eye makeup than behind someone on a cell phone.
  • by Ryan Loyd Location: Sherman on Dec 7, 2007 at 04:47 AM
    Is anyone interested in talking to your local leaders to start a dialogue on bringing a similiar cell phone ban in Texoma? If so, please e-mail me @ ryan.loyd@kxii.com. I would love to hear from you. Your comments on this issue are appreciated. Also, what other issues are you interested in that you'd like to see us cover? E-mail me those ideas as well. Thanks for watching, thanks for posting, and Happy Holidays. -ryan
  • by Penny Location: Pottsboro on Dec 6, 2007 at 12:28 PM
    I agree with Susan!!!
  • by Mom Location: Oklahoma on Dec 6, 2007 at 11:54 AM
    At least once a week I am nearly mowed down by a driver on a cell phone. Most of the time it is at a traffic light or stop sign and they just go right on through the intersection. Then when I honk at them they look at me like what's your problem!
  • by Leroy Location: Bells on Dec 6, 2007 at 11:06 AM
    I agree that the new cell phone law is good around bells and everwhere. I have to confess, I had the phone to my ear and i was going 50mph in a 30mph school zone. After that i dont use the phone at all while im driving its hard for me todo two things at once. If i need to talk on the phone while im driving, I use my onstar, thats the best way.
  • by josh Location: denison on Dec 6, 2007 at 11:04 AM
    i think some people can talk and drive then others cant if i talk on mine i keep it short and if i get to distracted i put it down for a min or two some people cant even walk and talk though
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