Great Hang Up: Ban on cell phones in school zones proposed

4:32 PM, Jan 2, 2012   |    comments
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Florida lamakers return to Tallahassee on January 10 to kick off the 2012 legislative session.  Among the issues they'll be considering is legislation dealing with distracted driving.

Rep. Franlin Sands (D-Weston) has introduced a bill that would ban cell phones in school zones.

Under Sands' bill, driver caught using their phones on school zones would be fined $30 with the money going to help pay for school resource officers.

The ban would not apply to police or emergency personnel, or to people calling in emergencies.  It also woudn't affect anyone legally parked.

Currently, there are no laws against texting or using a cell phone while driving in Florida, but Sands says his bill is a logical first step.

"Distraction is the issue because people are maimed, injured or killed because drivers are distracted," said Rep. Franklin Sands. "Driver don't intentionally do these things but that's what happens when you're on a cell phone."

A separate bill in the Senate, sponsored by Republican Sen. Nancy Detert of Venice, would ban texting and driving in Florida. It would also carry a $30 penalty.  In December Sen. Detert told 10 News she doubted the bill would even be brought up in the House of Representatives.

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