Texting and driving in school zones warning period almost over

Posted at 6:48 AM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 06:48:33-05

It’s a final push from law enforcement to put your phone down while you are behind the wheel in an active school zone or work zone, before you get a ticket.

The enhanced portion of the state’s texting and driving law that bans handheld cell phone use in school and construction zones took effect in October.

However, the law has been in a warning phase since then.

Come January, law enforcement officers will begin writing tickets.

A violation will cost you $60 plus court fees, and 3 points on your driver’s license.

Many agencies are still giving out warnings as well for the state’s broader texting and driving ban which took effect in July.

Statewide though, about 1,100 tickets have been issued. This violation will cost you $30 plus court fees for a first offense.