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Chief announces crackdown on cell phones

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If you drive through Youngsville and can't seem to put down the phone, you've got a week to learn.

Police Chief Rickey Boudreaux just had some signs put up in the city's school zones to remind drivers of the state law that prohibits use of cell phones in those zones. 

For the next week, you get a pass. But after that, if a police officer catches you using your phone in a school zone, you're going to get a ticket, the chief says. The law has been in place since 2014. 

If you're driving through a school zone during posted hours, it is against state law to use your cell phone or other mobile device for any reason, including:

  • Make or take a phone call
  • Texting
  • Social networking

The only exceptions to this rule are if:

  • You need to report an emergency like an accident
  • Your personal safety is at risk
  • You need to report or stop a criminal act against someone 
  • You are legally parked
  • You operate an emergency vehicle and must use your cell phone as part of your job

The fines for violations are pretty steep; $175 for the first offense, and fines of up to $500 for any subsequent offense. 

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