Police warn on cell phone use at school parking lots, streets

Rockdale Police are warning motorists, especially parents dropping off or picking up students, that it’s illegal to use “hands on” cell phones while in motion.

“ That law has been in effect now for quite a while,” Lt. J. D. Newlin said. “But there still seem to be a number of persons who aren’t aware just what it’s all about.”

Drivers may not use a cell phone while on or near a school unless they either pull over and stop or have a completely handsfree device.

Newlin said police have received complaints from principals at all campuses. “It’s a safety issue,” he said. “It’s a matter of distraction, of paying attention.”

“It seems to be most prevalent around the intermediate campus,” Newlin said.

“ That’s because that campus has it’s own, self-contained parking lot, while at the other campuses there is parking, and part of the pickup lanes, on city streets,” he said.

“People seem to understand about not using cell phones while driving on city streets, but many don’t seem to understand the same law applies on the self-contained parking lots and lanes that are completely on school property.”

Newlin said in the upcoming week Ofc. Tommy Shriver, who is assigned to the RISD, will attempt to “educate” drivers in the zones about the law.

“Then at some point, we’ll start giving tickets,” he said.

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