Teachers say cell phone driving ban working
BATON ROUGE - Parents and teachers say a new law that bans handheld cell phones in some school zones is working to keep kids safe.
The new law applies only during school zone hours if a specific sign is posted. Drivers are still allowed to use phones when reporting a crime or emergency.
"People just in general, we get caught up in our conversations and they're just not aware of what they should be," said Southdowns Elementary teacher Liza Armshaw. "It's not just in school zones, it's on the roads in general. But in school zones we're dealing with a lot of children so we need to keep them safe and make everyone focused on their driving."
Both parents and teachers feel the law adds more safety for their precious cargo.
"I think it's the best idea ever. School zones there's a lot of kids, parents are getting out. Children may not be looking because they're kids," said parent Danielle Martin. "Being able to not be distracted by being on the phone in a school zone I think that's a great idea. It helps you concentrate, look where you're going and know where you're going."
"It has made a change. I mean people are a little bit more aware that they can't hold their phones," said Armshaw. "They could be using Bluetooth devices. I don't know, but they're not holding their phones up as much."
If you break the law you face a moving violation ticket with a fine up to $175. A second violation could land you a fine up to $500. If you're using a cell phone and get in a wreck the fines double.