An Oklahoma Senate panel has approved legislation that bans cell phone use in school zones across the state.
The Senate Public Safety Committee passed the measure on Thursday and sent it to the full Senate for a vote.
The measure makes it illegal for anyone operating a motor vehicle to use a wireless communications device in a school zone. The bill does not apply to vehicles that are stopped, drivers who are using hands free devices or specifically-listed emergency calls. The bill is similar to existing laws in Arkansas and Texas.
The bill's author, Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, says that as technology advances, there are ways drivers can use their mobile devices as they drive and still keep their eyes on the road.
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