The Alaska Senate passed a bill that would give cities the power to restrict cell phone use within school zones, with some calling it a tool to help Alaska's school districts protect its children
"It's crazy times when parents are dropping off their kids," said Sen. Kevin Meyer, (R-Anchorage), who sponsored the legislation. "Kids are running across the street as quickly as possible."
Meyer says he crafted the bill after a constituent told him he was rear ended in a school zone by a driver on their cell phone.
"I wish it went a little further, and instead of having permissive language for municipalities," said Sen. Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage). "I would support an effort to simply mandate in school zones, that you can't be on a cell phone."
Senators Mike Dunleavy and Pete Kelly voted against the measure.
"Cell phones and driving as the cause for accidents, is a good thing to deal with, but distracted driving is a much broader category," said Kelly (R-Fairbanks).
The bill needs approval from the House and a signature by the governor before becoming law.