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.



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