Cellphone restriction wins final approval

A bill that would put curbs on the use of cellphones by motorists in school zones won final legislative approval Tuesday.

The proposal, House Bill 370, bans the use of hand-held cellphones in schoolzones during posted hours if there are signs in each direction that spell out the prohibition.

“It is a great step forward,” said state Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City and sponsor of the bill, which now goes to Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Thompson said earlier that the new rules are a small inconvenience to protect children crossing streets near a school. He said the children are often distracted themselves.

The House voted 88-10 to go along with Senate amendments added when the measure was in the upper chamber.

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