Enforcement of cell phone ban in school zones delayed

Published 08/08 2014 06:20PM

Updated 08/08 2014 08:22PM

Local law enforcement will have to wait at least one more week to begin enforcing a Louisiana ban on cell phone use in school zones.

The law which began August 1st states that signs must be placed notifying drivers that they are entering a school zone which has restricted the use of cell phones. Representatives from Caddo and Bossier Parish Schools tell NBC 6 they have not received the signs or any direction from the state.

District-8 State Representative, Jeff Thompson, who authored the bill that was signed into law says the delay has been caused waiting for regulatory approval for the signs.

"We've just received the first shipment into Bossier last night, we have one with us and we'll start seeing those go up on state highways as early as next week," he says.

DOTD will place the signs at schools located on state roads and school districts will have to coordinate with their local agencies to purchase and place signs at other schools. The state is expected to give purchasing information to school districts soon.

Thompson says the signs are inexpensive and he will purchase the signs for schools in his district.

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