Superintendent supports bill to crack down on distracted driving in school zones

Superintendent supports bill to crack down on distracted driving in school zones
A bill introduced to the legislature could make distracted driving in a school zone a primary offense.

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The 92nd General Assembly is in full swing in Arkansas.

Lawmakers are working on bills that could affect all of our lives, including one to help keep kids safe while they are in school zones.

“We see people using their cell phone every single day in a school zone,” Nettleton Schools Superintendent James Dunivan said.

It's something the Nettleton School District has tried to deter by posting no cell phone signs and having officers give warnings.

But, the problem persists.

Dunivan hopes a bill making its way through the legislature will put a stop to it.

It’s House Bill 1182, and its purpose is to make distracted driving in a school zone a primary offense, meaning an officer can stop or detain a driver solely for using your phone and driving.

"It will give us a little more teeth to the already existing process," Dunivan said. "By making it a law, it'll make it easier for my officers, we'll continue to try to give warnings, but after a certain number of warnings, we need to be able to ticket folks because it's just too dangerous."

The bill was read in the House and was sent to the House Committee on Public Transportation as of Jan. 17.

However, there are still several steps before it can become a law.

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