The city of San Marcos and the Texas Department of Transportation will install signs Monday banning the use of cell phones in school crossing zones in San Marcos. Hays County and the cities of Kyle and Buda have also adopted the ban.
A new state law enacted 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 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 and gave direction for the Public Services Department to make and install the signs.
The signs will be installed at 14 San Marcos campuses, private schools and the Blanco Vista campus in the Hays CISD, located in the San Marcos city limits.