School zone cell phone usage ban advances

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.

Topics

More

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 06:26

Anchorage police arrest suspect in train monument vandalism

ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police acting on a tip have arrested a teenager suspected of painting graffiti on a train locomotive that stands as a monument... Read more

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 06:25

Renovations planned for UAS Ketchikan maritime facilities

KETCHIKAN — Construction is expected to start later this year on a nearly $6 million overhaul of University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan’s Regional Maritime and... Read more

Walker: Up to 45,000 Alaskans could lose coverage with GOP bill

JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker says as many as 45,000 Alaskans could lose health care coverage under a Republican bill proposed in the U.S. House.... Read more

Around the Web

 

CONTACT US

  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING