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Watch those cell phones

THORNDALE POLICE BEAT
BY MARTIN JACKSON
Thorndale Police Chief

School is back in session and many students are trying to become oriented to the new school year and various activities.

Sometimes students are distracted by school work, friends, cell phone use and various activities.

Please help us keep an eye on the safety of our students as they go about their daily activities. Observe speed limits and be vigilant in school areas.

Use caution on streets and roadways around the school and sporting facilities. Watch for students crossing roadways and traveling between buildings.

Remember, cell phone use is prohibited in school zones. Parents and other adults dropping off and picking up children from schools should remember that new state law as of Sept. 1 prohibits drivers from using mobile phones on school grounds while operating motor vehicles. Specifics of this law are as follows:

The Transportation Code, prohibits the use of a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle on the property of a public elementary, middle, junior high, or high school for which a local authority has designated a school crossing zone, during the time a reduced speed limit is in effect for the school crossing zone, unless: • The vehicle is stopped; or

• The wireless communication device is used with a hands-free device.

In other words, while school zones are in operation, it is a misdemeanor offense for a driver to use a cell phone while the vehicle is moving anywhere on school property—not just on the road in school zones, but also when driving through the parking lot and drop-off lanes—unless he or she is using a hands-free device. Who Let The Dogs Out? Recently there have been several sightings of animals, specifically dogs and cats, roaming the streets and properties of Thorndale.

As reminder, the City of Thorndale has had an animal ordinance in effect for many years which requires pet owners to keep pets contained in a fenced yard, on a leash, or under their immediate control.

Animals are also required to be vaccinated for rabies and must have a tag attached to their collar.


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