POSTED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 5:26pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 8:35am
PHARR, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Some new state laws are taking effect on September 1 concerning school safety.
Using your cell phone in a school zone is already prohibited, but now that law is being extended to include school parking lots. This does not include anyone parked in their vehicle using their cell phones; however, parents driving through a parking lot cannot be on their phones.
The fine for any violation of this new law will be set at $500, the same amount for drivers using their phones in a school zone.
Pharr Police Department says they will be actively enforcing this law and looking for drivers who do not obey the extended cell phone law.
"Most parents are in a rush when they're in a parking lot driving in, so if you have kids crossing over in between cars and your full attention isn't on the parking lot, so that law has changed," said Sgt. Max Longoria.
"We just wanna educate the people as well. We're gonna have specialized units out there in school zones. They're gonna be proactive and enforcing the law."
Police are also reminding drivers to be patient in back to school traffic and obey all school zone speed limits.