Southlake joins cities with cellphone ban

SOUTHLAKE, Texas (AP) -The Fort Worth suburb of Southlake has become the latest to ban drivers from using hand-held cellphones while driving through active school zones.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the City Council voted unanimously for the ban yesterday.

Motorists driving through Southlake school zones will still be allowed to use cellphones with hands-free devices.

City spokeswoman Pilar Schank says the ban will be enforced as soon as signs are posted in school zones notifying drivers about the ordinance.

Council members indicated that they would consider banning hand-held-cellphone use throughout the city if the Legislature doesn't pass some sort of ban this session.

Councilwoman Laura Hill, who originally proposed the ordinance, said she will go to Austin to testify in support of a statewide ban.

Similar bans are in Highland Park, Dallas, Hurst, Watauga, Irving and Flower Mound.

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