"No Cell Phone in School Zones" Approved by the City of Harlingen

Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 7:54am

Many of us talk, text, even check email while behind the wheel, when we should be focusing our attention to the road ahead, but that's about to change in certain areas as Harlingen.

The city of Harlingen has now approved the “No Cell Phone in School Zones” law that the Texas legislature adopted back in 2009.

"We want people to be less distracted and pay attention to the roads and their surroundings in that area so we can prevent injury." said Sgt. John Parrish of the Harlingen Police Department.

While texting or talking on your cell phone in a school zone will soon be prohibited, there are some exceptions to this new ordinance. If a person is using a hands free device or if they are using their cell phone to make a call to 9-1-1 they will not be ticketed. However, if caught using your phone for any other purpose while driving through an active school zone you will likely be hit with a $200 fine.

Officers will begin ticketing driver who remain on their cell phones in restricted areas just as soon as the city posts the proper signage, that's expected around November 1st.

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