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September 24th, 2009
City to post cell phone ban in school zones

Starting next Monday, these signs will be posted in school zones within San Marcos.

STAFF REPORT

The City of San Marcos and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will install signs next Monday banning the use of cell phones in school crossing zones in San Marcos.

A new state law adopted by the Texas Legislature earlier this year prohibits the use of wireless communications devices, such as cell phones, while operating motor vehicles in school zones. The law took effect on Sept. 1.

The law requires cities to post a sign at the entrance to each school zone for the law to be enforced. Fines for violations are up to $200.

The law provides exceptions if hands-free devices are used or a vehicle is stopped.

The San Marcos City Council discussed the cell phone ban at its Sept. 1 meeting, giving direction for the public services department to make and install the signs.

The signs will be installed at 14 San Marcos CISD campuses, private schools and the Blanco Vista campus in the Hays CISD, which is located in the San Marcos city limits.

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0 thoughts on “City to post cell phone ban in school zones

  1. Man, these signs can be purchased and installed within a matter of a couple of weeks after the new law took effect, but how long is it taking to get all of the new street signs up downtown?

    I guess you see the difference in priority when one project is potentially revenue-generating and the other isn’t (at least not directly).

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