Did you hang up this morning?
The new state law that went into effect today restricting the use of cell phones by drivers in school zones may already be having an impact.
League City Police Chief Mike Jez said his officers this morning reported seeing fewer drivers talking on handheld phones in school zones.
It seemed like a little less than normal," Jez said. They thought people might be trying to hide them from them."
The new law bans using all but a hands-free cell phone while driving in a school zone. There's also an exception that allows for calls to emergency services. Otherwise, violators can be fined up to $200.
But for a citation to be issued, there must be signs in the school zone that warn of the new state law.
Jez said his officers are issuing warning citations to violators until Sept. 11 in an effort to educate drivers about the new law. After that, officers will issue citations.
That's not going to be one of our high priorities, but it's like anything else it's a violation," Jez said. It's not like we're going to stake out as the phone police, but if an officer sees them they're subject to a ticket."
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