Cell phone use, texting to be banned in Louisiana school zones

Friday, June 6, 2014

People will no longer be able to use their wireless phones to call, text or use social media while driving in a Louisiana school zone after Aug. 1.

Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a bill into law that prohibits most use of electronic devices like smartphones in school zones during designated hours. The school zones must have visible signs that indicate the use of handheld phone is banned during certain times, and the prohibition does not apply to the use of a hands-free wireless device or various types of radios.

There are also exceptions to the new handheld device rule. A person may use a wireless device in a school zone if they are reporting an accident or crime. A person can also get on their phone in a school zone if he is sitting in a parked car at the time.

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