School zone cell phone ordinance comes with fine and jail time

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You could now face a $500 fine if you're caught driving through an active school zone within the Municipality of Anchorage while texting or talking on a cell phone or other mobile communication device.

A newschool zone cell phone ordinance passed in June is now in place within the municipality. Anyone who violates the ordinance would also face a class A misdemeanor if the person driving injures or kills someone. The penalty for a class A misdemeanor is up to a year in jail and a fine up to $10,000.

"When you're in your car, you're driving a one to three ton missile down the road and you can kill people with one moment of inattention," said Anchorage Assemblyman John Weddleton. "And if you're talking on your phone you're just not paying proper attention."

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