New Cell Phone Law Enforced In School Zones

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The law has been in the books for more than a month, but it's official in Midland. If you're driving through a school zone hang up, or you could pay up.

"Oh yes, I think it's wonderful, I think it should have been done a long time ago," Midland Resident, Geneva Buchanan, said.

You could end up shelling out up to $200 for breaking this law. Some of the drivers NewsWest 9 talked to say lawmakers shouldn't stop with the school zone.

"It's a good way to stop the use of cell phones in cars. Other states ban cell phone use altogether," Midland Resident, Susan McDonald, said.

Some Midlanders say they hope the new law gets drivers to pay more attention to the road instead of who they're talking to on the other end of the line.

"I think people can pull over and talk. I see people going up and down these streets really fast, and you know they're talking on their cell phones. I feel a lot safer now especially for the kids," Buchanan said.

"They're probably thinking they can get away with it, but once tickets are enforced, they'll stop," McDonald said.

NewsWest 9 caught up with some city workers as they were posting the signs along Wadley. During a ten minute span, NewsWest 9 saw about a dozen drivers going through the school zone, talking on the phone as the new signs were going up right in front of them.