(MENA) The Mena Public Schools has announced that with Act 738, now in effect, that drivers are banned from using their phones in school zones during school hours when students are present.
The new law amends an existing one to comply with federal regulations.
The definition of texting was expanded to include instant messaging and electronic data retrieval. Texting while driving is banned for drivers of all ages.
Cellphone use behind the wheel is completely prohibited for drivers under the age of 18. Drivers that are 18 or older can use a hands-free device while driving, while drivers over 21 can enter, read or select a telephone number to make a call and hold the phone while talking on it.
But, the biggest change is that drivers are banned from using their phones within school zones during school hours.