Houston Enclave Bans Hands-Free Cell Phone Use

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston enclave has prohitibied cell phone use
for drivers near a local elementary school.
The ban, which applies within a three-block radius of the
facility during school hours, is the latest in a long line of
similar laws.
The law punishes all drivers within the area in West University
Place for using all forms of cell phone equipment, including
hands-free sets.
Six states and the District of Columbia have banned the use of
mobile handsets while driving, according to the Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety.
West University Place Mayor Bob Kelly said the city decided to
create the no-phone zone around the city's only school due to
concerns for children and the amount of congestion there each
morning and afternoon.
John Walls, a spokesman for CTIA-The Wireless Association, an
industry trade group, says the ban unfairly targets cell phone
users.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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