The Youngsville Police Department is cracking down on motorists using cell phones while passing through school zones.
Although a law has been on the books since 2014, they have only begun to enforce it now because cell phone use has almost caused several accidents.
Parents we spoke with say they are in favor of the stricter enforcement.
“I think it’s very important because our children come first.” said Sharon Whitley.
“The last thing we want for them is to be distracted and run over all of these that are walking from school.” said Christi Creighton.
Parents like Whitley and Creighton are happy to see the Youngsville Police Department placing signs at every school zone in the city to remind motorists to not to use cell phones while driving.
They both see it as a consistent problem at Youngsville Middle.
“I do see a few and it’s everyday and I don’t know if it’s that people don’t realize that it is a law.” said Creighton.
“It’s pretty scary cause I drive through here everyday to pick up my child and I would hate for something to happen to my child over something ridiculous like being on a cell phone which isn’t important.” said Whitley.
Police Chief Rickey Boudreaux says there will be serious penalties for those who are caught using their phones in the zones.
“It’s a $175 fine and every subsequent offense is $500. It’s a serious thing. We don’t want anybody hurt here. We provide a good quality of life and we wanna make sure everybody is safe and secure.” Boudreaux explained.
Whitley hopes this will keep cell phones out of people’s while driving and not just in school zones.
“Any time you are on the road and you know I make it a point not to be on my cell phone when I’m on the road.” she said.