New law will ban cell phone use in some school zones
Governor Jindal has signed legislation banning the use of hand held cell phones while driving in an active school zone. The law will only be enforced in school zones where visible signs are posted indicating the ban.
The bill's author, Bossier City Representative Jeff Thompson, says the state will not be deciding which school zones are effected.
"The school system will be the one, or law enforcement, to decide if there's a particular risk posed around certain schools to go through the process to get the signs put up."
First offense penalty will be a fine of up to $175. Thompson says you can start seeing signs in school zones before the start of the next school year.
"And that's only fair to drivers as to make sure you know of the prohibition is there to be a sign posted."
Thompson says the goal of this legislation is to cut down on the number of distracted drivers passing through active school zones. He understands that hand held cell phone will still be legal in school zones where there are no signs posted.
"Unfortunately that risk of being a distracted driver is still going to be high with cell phone usage. But we wanted to make sure there's plenty of time without a huge financial hit to these school districts, or to the state, to get signs up in the most dangerous school areas."