Hang Up: Police remind drivers to stay off phones in school zones

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - It's time to head back to school, and for police, that means time to go back to reminding people about the correct way to drive through a school zone.

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The Alexandria Police Department said it is important to pay attention when driving through a school zone, especially since speed limits drop in school zones.

One of the biggest reminders police have to make is to tell drivers to put down the phone. The state has a lot of laws in place pertaining to cellphones in school zones.

"Another thing that people might not be aware of is that Louisiana law prohibits any sort of cellphone use in a school zone," said Cpl. Wade Bourgeois with the Alexandria Police Department. "We want to make sure that people know that. Hands-free is not allowed. Texting, even phone calls, none of that is allowed in a school zone. Please put your phones down and keep an eye out for kids."

APD will have plenty of officers on hand to make sure no one is breaking the law in a school zone. It's also expensive if you're caught on your phone. A first offense will cost you $500 and for a second offense, the fine is up to $1,000. If you cause a crash, the fine is doubled.

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