Local agencies looking to spread awareness on distracted driving in school zones

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Since the beginning of August, nearly 30 citations have been giving out for distracted drivers in school zones and local agencies hope that ends.

The Capital Region Transportation Safety Coalition will hold a distracted driving press conference Friday morning to hopefully bring more attention to drivers texting, talking or any kind of distraction with their phone.

With drivers on the roads and students crossing the street to get to class, traffic in school zones is higher and so are the traffic fines.

Louisiana’s distracted driving fines in a school zone begin at $500 for the first offense and increase to $1,000 for the second offense along with a 60-day license suspension for serial offenders.

Drivers are encouraged to pay attention to posted speed limits.

The press conference will begin at 10 a.m. at Baton Rouge Magnet High School.

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