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New state laws restrict cell phone use in school, work zones

By The Associated Press

This article was published October 2, 2011 at 12:13 p.m.

— Two new Arkansas laws restrict drivers from using their cell phones near schools and in highway work zones.

The Southwest Times Record reports that starting Saturday, police gained the power to ticket motorists for using a mobile phone when driving near a school when children are present.

Mobile phone use is also now prohibited while driving through highway work zones while workers are present.

The law prohibits both talking and texting while driving in those areas.

The laws aren’t primary offenses, meaning officers can’t pull over a motorist for one of those offenses alone. But a driver stopped for speeding or some other offense could get an extra ticket, thanks to the new laws.

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travelertoo says... October 2, 2011 at 1:36 p.m.

Texting while driving should be a law EVERYWHERE. Some people have trouble talking and driving, much less texting. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.

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leon555 says... October 2, 2011 at 7:28 p.m.

frozen pizzas should be outlawed EVERYWHERE. Some people get burned getting the thing out of the oven and children suffer burns also. Accidents happen.

DONT TREAD ON ME

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travelertoo says... October 2, 2011 at 10:01 p.m.

Not treading on you , spurious arguer, just don't want some idiot texting to slam into ME......self-preservation, you understand.

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