Arkansas Legislature Bans Cell Phones in School, Work Zones

February 17, 2011

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.

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  • March 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm
    John says:
    As of this date, no state bans all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for all drivers, but many prohibit all cell phone use by certain drivers, e.g., 28 states and D.C. ... read more
  • February 17, 2011 at 2:44 pm
    wudchuck says:
    so how are they going to check? are they going to beside us and verify? wow! can we pull them over for using their cellphones or computers while in a workzone or school zon... read more
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