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In response to a new law that took effect on October 1, the ban of using handheld devices in school and construction zones, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister and Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins are teaming up on a public service
announcement (PSA) to remind drivers to put their phones down and keep their eyes on the road.
“The five seconds you spend looking down at your phone is all it takes to take a life,” said Sheriff Chronister in the video message shared on social media Thursday afternoon. “That’s why we stand behind the hands-free school zone law now in effect across Florida.”
Superintendent Eakins added, “A school zone has buses stopping and children crossing the road. It’s an especially dangerous place for distracted driving.”
He said using a mobile device in the roadway while waiting in the school pick up line can also be a hazard.
The hands-free driving law only permits drivers to use a cellphone in a school or construction zone if it is through a hands-free device, such as a Bluetooth.
“Please, put the safety of our children first by putting your phone down,” said Sheriff Chronister.