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Schools to decide on driving while talking cell phone ban

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Posted: May 21, 2014 6:31 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Source: WBRZ, Associated Press

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Topics: text, driving, school, zone, lawmaker, legislature

BATON ROUGE- School districts and its schools will decide whether or not restrictions in specific school zones should include a ban on using handheld cell phones while driving through the area.

A watered down version of the law was approved by lawmakers and heads to the governor's desk for his signature. Senators amended the bill to leave the decision about banning phones from drivers in local school zones.

The law was pushed by Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Baton Rouge who said he supports the change. He said it would have likely gone nowhere had the amendment not been added.

"It's a great step forward," Thompson said. He believes it still makes school zones safer for children.

But, there is worry among lawmakers that drivers will not get the law.

"I do have concerns...that there's going to be confusion," said Rep. Jeff Arnold, D-New Orleans.
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