Distracted driving still a problem in school zones

Although cell phone use is banned in school zones, the number of people caught using them is surprising.

HOUSTON - While texting and driving isn't banned across the board in Texas, it is in most school zones.

However, many drivers still aren't getting the message. Many Houstonians are still getting ticketed for cell phone use in school zones, regardless of the hefty $200 fine, court costs and risks associated with distracted driving. 

"A lot of them, what they'll do, instead of just getting off their cell phone, they'll take their cell phone and put it in their lap. And they're looking down at the floorboard at their phone while they're texting," said Deputy Greg Nason with the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

The school zone cell phone ban was approved statewide in 2009. Some school districts, like HISD, opted out. The district claims that they don't have the money to buy the added signage needed to enforce the law.

 


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