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Bill to Ban Use of Cellphones in Louisiana School Zones Rejected

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A bill which would ban the use of cellphones in school zones has stalled on the Senate floor. The bill was introduced to the Senate floor by Benton Senator Robert Adley.

Supporters claim the measure would help ensure children’s safety. But opponents say drivers have many types of distractions besides cell phones, and they say school zones already require drivers to slow down to ensure safety.

New Orleans Senator Edwin Murray asked why this law would be necessary as many things could distract drivers in school zones. “Hamburgers? Smoking? Those things would be allowed you just couldn’t use your phone,” Murray asked. “Correct. It’s not about smoking your phone it’s about holding your phone,” Adley said.

Adley explained that the bill is about the safety of children and doesn’t think people should be speaking on phones when students are present.The Senate deadlocked with a 16-16 vote.

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