Drivers in Rowlett have had to stow their cell phones since 2008 around schools.
Garland drivers can still chat away.
Yet, the schools are all part of the Garland Independent School District.
Garland has refused to put up signs around the schools, even though a state law went into effect in 2009. The law makes use of handheld devices in active school zones illegal. But police can’t enforce the law unless individual cities decide to put up signs alerting drivers to the law.
Most cities have done that, including Rowlett, but not Garland. The city has objected to the cost of the signs, an estimated $70,000 to $80,000.
Rowlett just thought it was the right thing to do.
Still, checking on Sachse, another part of the Garland ISD but I’m pretty sure they have
the signs too.
While Garland school board members say they support the signs and enforcing the law, there is nothing they can do about it. It’s strictly up to the city.
So Rowlett parents drop that phone; Garland parents talk on.