A look at cell phone laws in the Arkansas

    10:08 PM, Aug 16, 2012   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A law prohibiting using your cell phone in school and construction zones went into effect last October.

    Many schools were already implementing this policy and now police are cracking down statewide. It's designed to keep parents off their phones while dropping off and picking up their kids and keep them safe.

    "Nothing is more important than the safety of our children." Dr. Jerry Guess, superintendent of Pulaski County schools, is excited about the law banning the use of cell phones for drivers in school zones. The law went into effect last October.

    Dr. Guess says putting away your phone, not only ensures safety, it helps you talk with your child. "Leave those cell phones alone, take care of your children, talk to your children about how there day spend the time in the car to discuss the day."

    School zones aren't the only ones forgoing cell phone use; the law also prohibits using a cell phone in construction zones. Randy Ort with the State Highway and Transportation Department says motorist will see an increase in the number of construction zones and this law is important for the safety of workers and drivers.

    "We have some major construction underway and even more that is going to be beginning in the next year to year and a half so it's a good time to remind people of this law."

    The law is a secondary offense, that means you can't be pulled over solely for talking on your phone, but if you are pulled over for another reason you could get an extra ticket.  

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