Texas School Zone Cell Phone Ban Goes Into Effect Next Week

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A new hand-held cell phone law that bans drivers from making calls in active school zones in Texas where signs are posted goes into effect Sept. 1.

Most public schools in Texas opened Monday.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says it will be illegal to use a cell phone in a school zone unless the vehicle is stopped or a hands-free device is used.

The DPS says cities or counties wanting to enforce the law must post a sign at the beginning of each school zone to inform drivers that using a wireless communications device is prohibited.

Violators face $50 fines

The DPS says a driver making an emergency call in a school zone is an exception to the law.

It’s up to cities and counties that want to enforce the law to post signs at the beginning of each school zone to let drivers know hand-held cell phone use is prohibited, the DPS said.