School zones become active as the school year begins

MGN Online

School zones in Franklin are going to start becoming active as Franklin Special School District starts heading back to class.

Starting Wednesday, officers will be designated to school zones across the city focusing on speeding drivers, improper passing and enforcing Tennessee's ban on cell phone use in school zones.

A new law that went into effect on Jan. 1 prohibited the use of handheld mobile devices in active school zones. Drivers that are over the age of 18 are permitted to talk on their phones in a school zone only if they are using a hands-free device, however drivers under 18 are prohibited from talking on the phone at all, even with a hand-free device.

Franklin Police Officers will also be keeping a close eye on bus routes. They are looking for drivers who disregard the flashing red lights and stop signs on school buses.

Schools are encouraging parents to check the drop-up and pick-up information which can be found on each school's website in order to avoid any confusion and unnecessary traffic.

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