Can you hear me now?

Motorists are now prohibited from using any type of hand held wireless communications device, also known as a cell phone, while traveling through schools zones during posted hours. The law includes use of the device for engaging in a voice call, accessing, reading, or posting to a social networking site, and/or writing, sending, or reading a text or email. The ban does not apply if the device is being used to report an emergency, is being used in a hands-free manner, or while the vehicle is lawfully parked. Upon first violation of the school zone ban, the fine is $175.00, subsequent violations can be up to $500.00, and if a crash occurs during the time of the violation, fines can be increased.