Safe Phone Zones to be implemented across Texas

Posted at 10:59 AM, Nov 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 12:15:15-05

TXDOT announced the implementation of Safe Phone Zones at 55 safety rest areas and travel information centers across the state.

“We are pleased to partner with our first sponsor to create these Safe Phone Zones so people will pull off the road to use their phone rather than using them as they drive,” said Mark Marek, TxDOT’s director of Engineering and Safety Operations.

Marek said more than 100,000 crashes each year are due to distracted driving.

Four safe zones will be in Central Texas. The locations are:

  • Bell County Northbound I-35, two miles south of Salado
  • Bell County Southbound I-35, two miles south of Salado
  • Hill County Northbound I-35, five miles south of Hillsboro
  • Hill County Southbound I-35, five miles south of Hillsboro

Sponsorship funds will pay for free Wi-Fi service for 22 safety rest areas in the coming months.

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