Police remind talking on cell phone while driving in a school zone is illegal

By: Rick Springer Email
By: Rick Springer Email

SHERMAN, TX - Keeping kids safe as they head to school is a top priority.
But already crossing guards in sherman say they've seen some dangerous behavior from drivers in school zones.
That behavior is not only risky, it's costly if you're caught.

"Please please watch for the kids," said Mary Ann Dunavan, crossing guard. "They're excited, they're running, and they're not thinking. But, the adults need to be."

School is in and local police want to remind people that talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving is not going to fly in a school zone.

"Especially the first couple of weeks," said Sgt. Bruce Dawsey, Sherman Police. "You know, kids are excited about going back to school. They're running out between cars. They're not paying attention, and it's usually a crowded congested area. So the last thing you want is for someone to be distracted."

But with more and more people turning to cell phones, there are sure to be more people talking and driving.

"It appears that it is getting worse," said Dawsey, "because more and more people are having phones that are capable of surfing the internet or sending text messages."

"This morning I've already had a teenager on her phone and an adult that looked like she was texting through the school zone," Dunavan said.

If you have to talk on the phone, police say it is legal to use a bluetooth or your car's speaker system, but holding the phone is against the law.

"If they have the phone up to their ear, that's all it takes, Dawsey said. "If you're in a school zone and it's during school zone hours and you have that phone up to your ear your in violation and you could get pulled over and receive a citation."

223 dollars. Seems kind of steep right? Well, there's a reason for that.

"That can be expensive," said Dawsey, "and we want it to be expensive for the sole reason of keeping people from doing it."

But it's a fine that's easy to avoid.

"For the most part," said Dawsey, "people just need to realize that during school zone hours if you're in a school zone stay off the phone."

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  • by PassinU OndaLeft on Aug 25, 2011 at 10:10 AM
    Instead of reminding folks that they need to obey the law, simply ticket them and then publish their names, weekly, on a "Busted" page on the city's website. Not only will this show the taxpaying public that the LEOs and their management are serious about protecting our smallest and newest citizens, but also that they are not losing the revenue these lawbreakers so desperately want to provide us.
  • by Me my self and i Location: Denison on Aug 23, 2011 at 08:41 PM
    All people need to put there cell phones up unless it is a emergency. This is worse than a drunk driver. I have almost been hit 3 times in 5 days because someone was on there phone. Then they have the balls to flip me off when I honk at them.
  • by equal justice Location: drunk tank on Aug 23, 2011 at 04:38 PM
    Here's a thought.... bust people for reckless driving equally. If you run over a kid at the bus stop because your are texting, chatting, making out, dozing, doing self dentistry, applying war paint, have a senior moment, or drunk on your #@@, I don't care! Jail and suspension of license. Somehow having alcohol in your bloodstream makes hitting the kid exponentially worse---- even if you have done nothing except stopped at a checkpoint!
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Sherman on Aug 23, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    I totally agree with this. I remember...............sorry I just plowed into someone while texing this comment.
  • by Mom Location: Grayson on Aug 23, 2011 at 12:22 PM
    I was driving down the road yesterday and I saw a school bus driver talking on the cell phone. Schools need to be a little me strict on there own drivers. You should never text while driving, and most of all never text or talk while in a schools zone.
  • by Brittany Location: Sherman on Aug 23, 2011 at 12:10 PM
    i have seen so many not only teens but adults barely missing another car because they were talking on the phone or txting. if you need to talk that bad pull over on the shoulder of the road and talk but please dont put others in danger. Take the time to pay attention to the road,your surroundings because if your not i bet there are at least 3 others who arent either and thats cause for disaster in any means. Just put the phone down i swear the world will not end from that missed call or txt.
  • by John Location: ert on Aug 23, 2011 at 09:10 AM
    Cops are too bust napping you cell phone felons to worry about all of the drive by shootings. Get a shot locator guys, you'll have them in no time!!!
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      by Zyklon B on Aug 23, 2011 at 12:05 PM in reply to John
      Could somebody translate this into English, please?
  • by patti Location: minneapolis on Aug 23, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    go get 'em sherman! texting while driving is stupid.
  • by Just Sayin Location: Sherman on Aug 23, 2011 at 06:13 AM
    Hopefully this includes Law Enforcement as well. Everytime you see a patrol car you see a cell phone in hand by the ear.
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      by kelly on Aug 23, 2011 at 02:21 PM in reply to Just Sayin
      yeah but they are cops..that means they dont have to obey the law..
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        by Bill on Aug 26, 2011 at 04:52 AM in reply to kelly
        Kelly, Don't be naive, cops have to obey the law just like everyone else, but are exempt when it is needed for the job. Sometimes you have to take a call on your cell either from dispatch or another officer that can't get through on the radio.
  • by Southmayd Location: Resident on Aug 22, 2011 at 08:51 PM
    Well once again I think it is stupid to have to "remind" people about cell phone usage! I think it should be a ticket regardless of school zone or not. People should be issued a ticket and it should be the same severity a's a dwi cause people do NOT pay attention to their surroundings and every other car I pass on 82 there is someone texting! I wish that if you are pulled over the cops could run a check on last text kind of like the sobriety test and breathalyzer!!! Soo get off the dang phones and pay attention!!!
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