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School zone cell phone usage ban advances

Posted: February 16, 2014 - 1:05am

Municipalities across the Alaska moved a little closer Friday to being able to ban all forms of cell phone use when drivers are on school property or in school zones.

The Senate voted 13-2 to approved SB123, sponsored by Anchorage Republican Sen. Kevin Meyer, and the bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

The proposal enables cities to pass ordinances that prohibit cell phone use on school property and in school zones, but it does not require such a rule.

“This simply gives the decision to residents of municipalities and boroughs,” Meyer said in a press release about the bill’s passage.

The idea for this legislation began with a volunteer cross walk guard in Anchorage who grew tired of seeing parents and other drivers routinely use their phones while near large groups of children.

In the latest committee hearing, no one spoke against the proposal.

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Frank Heart 02/16/14 - 01:48 pm
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No to cell phones but yes to

No to cell phones but yes to concealed weapons

How many days left?

Steven Rosales
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Steven Rosales 02/16/14 - 03:30 pm
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They

also need to ban radios, GPS, drinks, Lipstick, hairbrushes! Cant legislate stupidity! This is just another law that will do nothing!

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Steven Rosales 02/16/14 - 03:46 pm
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Frank Heart

You do realize if teachers had concealed weapons some crazy person might be stopped before harm is done.

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Steven Rosales 02/16/14 - 03:46 pm
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Frank Heart

You do realize if teachers had concealed weapons some crazy person might be stopped before harm is done.

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