Houston enclave bans hands-free cell phone use

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston enclave has prohitibied cell phone use for drivers near a local elementary school.

The ban, which applies within a three-block radius of the facility during school hours, is the latest in a long line of similar laws.

The law punishes all drivers within the area in West University Place for using all forms of cell phone equipment, including hands-free sets.

Six states and the District of Columbia have banned the use of mobile handsets while driving, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

West University Place Mayor Bob Kelly said the city decided to create the no-phone zone around the city's only school due to concerns for children and the amount of congestion there each morning and afternoon.

John Walls, a spokesman for CTIA-The Wireless Association, an industry trade group, says the ban unfairly targets cell phone users.

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