SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Drivers passing through nearly 20 school
zones in San Antonio will soon have to stop talking on their cell
phones - or at least get a hands-free device.
San Antonio joined several other cities around the country last
night in cracking down on cell phone use by motorists near schools.
The City Council passed an ordinance for a one-year pilot program
banning the use of cell phones in 18 schools zones that have had a
high number of speeding violations.
Drivers also won't be allowed to send or read text messages
while in the zones during the school day.
But the program has several exceptions. Driving and talking
using hands-free devices is allowed; so is calling 911, the fire
department, police or a doctor's office or clinic in an emergency.
Finally, it's OK for parents waiting in so-called "car lines" to
call their children to say they've arrived at the school for pick
Violators will face a fine of up to $200 after a 60-day grace
period beginning September 1st.