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Cell phone use prohibited in school parking lots

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Using your cell phone in a school zone is already against the law, but now a new enforcement by the Quincy Police Department is targeting cell phone users in public school parking lots.

"There's a lot more students walking on a parking lot than there might be on a roadway," Officer Neal Meyer said.

Meyer says the issue of distracted driving becomes even more important when in a school parking lot.

"We have received complaints from the school system of parents and students on their cell phones within a parking lot," Meyer added.

But, that won't last long after a new enforcement kicks in, aimed at catching people texting and/or talking on their cell phones in a school parking lot.

"If they are driving through the roadway and happen to be stopped in traffic and they're still in operation of that vehicle that would still be a violation," said Meyer. "So, in order to use your cell phone on this parking lot, or any public school parking lot they would actually need to be parked in a stall."

Officer Meyer says notifications have gone out to students at Quincy Senior High School, letting them know about this new enforcement. The new cell phone enforcement is expected to start within the next couple of weeks.

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