Cell phone restrictions eyed for school drivers

Drivers around Rockdale schools will still be able to use their cell phones when classes open on Monday but a big change is coming in the future.

"There's a new law restricting use of cell phones in school zones but it can't be enforced until signs are posted in the areas," Lt. J. D. Newlin said.

Newlin said the Rockdale City Council has ordered the signs.

"We're just waiting until they come in and are installed, then we will begin enforcing the new law," he said.

Drivers are prohibited from texting or talking on cell phones in posted areas.

Motorists may still use cell phones if they pull over and stop.

As currently written the law does not prohibit talking on cell phones if equipped with head sets (ear buds).

The law also applies to school bus drivers in marked school zones, Newlin said.

The law also provides for "common sense" use of cell phones to call 911 in the event of emergencies.

Forged checks

Newlin said three checks were forged on an account of United Steelworkers Local 4895 in a scam that's tied to the Internet site Craig's List.

"It appears someone gained access to a check, somehow copied it and went from there," Newlin said.

Police have traced the scam to a false address in Georgia.

"The union is not out any money but we're not sure about the banking end of it," Newlin said.

No arrests

Rockdale police did not make any felony arrests over the past seven days.

One misdemeanor arrest for theft under $50 was reported by police.

Investigations during the week included disorderly conduct and theft.

Police also investigated two incidents of driving while license invalid, two terroristic threats and one each for failure to maintain financial responsibility and driving without a license.


No injuries were reported in a 3:29 p.m. Thursday accident on the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Drivers were listed as Cecelia Lewis of Burnet and Alexandra Hall of Rockdale. Damages were termed minor.


Police said 17 tickets for speeding were issued during the week, along with seven for operating a vehicle with expired license plates, four for failure to maintain financial responsibility, three for no MVI sticker, two for driving while license invalid and one each for disregarding official traffic control device, failure to report change of address or name, possession of alcohol in motor vehicle and running a stop sign.


Police answered 126 calls over the past week, and 101 through the 911 system.


Tips on any crime listed above may be phoned in to Milam County CrimeStoppers, toll-free, at 1-888-697-TIPS (8477).

A reward of up to $1,000 may be paid, police said.

All calls are anonymous and no one will ask your name. Callers are given number IDs.

The Rockdale Police Department may be contacted for comment, tips or suggestions at rockd

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