Greenville to impose cell phones ban in school zones

Greenville – The City of Greenville could be in favor of a new state law that limits cell phone use while driving in school zones.

Under the amended ordinance up for vote Tuesday, motorists would not be allowed to use their hand-held mobile device while driving through the city's school zones, starting next month. Cell phones would only be allowed for emergency purposes. Hands-free units would also be permitted.

The amendment follows House Bill 55, passed by the Texas Legislature earlier this year. If cities choose to follow the new law, they are required to post signs at the entrance to each school zone in the city to notifying motorists.

Those found in violation of the ordinance may have to pay a fine of up to $500.