LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) Two new Arkansas laws add restrictions while driving in school and construction zones. Legislators are trying to make Arkansas roads safer. This new law prohibits the use of handheld cell phones in school zones and highway work zones.
The law was approved back in February after a 52 to 41 vote. Some school districts started off this school year already implementing this policy.
Laws are added to increase security. In this case lawmakers are looking out for students and construction workers. Jefferson Elementary, in Little Rock, is already enforcing the law. It does not allow parents to be on their phones while picking up or dropping off their children.
Carol Sitlington has been the secretary at Jefferson for eight years and says the school will be safer thanks to the new laws. "I think it will be very beneficial for the kids' safety so everyone is paying attention. We have safety patrol in the morning and the Cammack officers are often here in the afternoon enforcing this law."
Sitlington is not alone. Nula Rutherford is a concerned parent and says you need to concentrate on driving while you are in your car. "I think it is more of a privilege to make sure your child gets in and out of the car safely opposed to being on your cell phone."
The newest addition to Arkansas law also prohibits drivers from being on cell phones while driving in a highway construction zone when workers are present. Lawmakers want drivers alert when they are commuting through construction-especially when city workers are present and working so close to interstates.
The law prohibits both talking and texting while driving in those areas. For parents like Rutherford her priority while in the car is not the cell phone, but her son. "When people are on their cell phones it seems like the most important thing in that period of time is to whom they are talking to not their surroundings."