The Arkansas Legislature has given final approval to a ban on drivers using hand-held cell phones in school and work zones.
The House has approved the legislation on a 52-41 vote.
The proposal would exempt the use of hands-free phones and GPS devices. A violation would be a secondary offense, meaning drivers could only be cited if they were first pulled over for a primary offense such as speeding. It would apply to school zones during school hours when children are present, and highway work zones when a highway worker is present.
The proposal now heads to Gov. Mike Beebe’s desk, and a spokesman said he plans to sign it into law. It would take effect Oct. 1.