QPD will treat QHS parking lot like school zone when it comes to phones
Thu, 19 Sep 2013 02:13:55 GMT —
QHS students are going to need to let the phone ring while driving around the parking lot.
After an interpretation by the State attorney's office, public school parking lots are considered public roadway.
After noticing some close calls, Quincy High School wanted to know the ruling on cell phone usage on school property.
Since QHS is a public school, it's parking lot is public property, and therefore enforced the same way as a school zone.
This means the Quincy Police Department will begin to enforce the rules of the road on school grounds.
"It needs to be done. Because there are probably more students walking in and about in between parked cars in a short amount of time. It's probably as important in not more important to enforce it in the parking lot as in the streets," QPD officer Neal Meyer said.
This is a new type of enforcement for QPD.
Officer Neal Meyer hopes that getting the word out now will help prevent violations in the future.
Some students have noticed their fair share of close calls in the past.
"Actually, one had happened like two days ago with me and my friends walking across, and then a girl was looking down at her phone, and while we were walking, she hurried and looked up to stop," QHS student Ezekiel Johnson said.
Students were grateful to hear the morning announcements stating the news.
This was a problem they were ready to be done with.
"They don't really pay attention when they are backing out when they are texting. Like, when we are out in the street anyway, it's still a problem in the parking lots," student Brianna Altmix said.
"It's something that shouldn't happen. It cant be that important that you have to do it while you're driving. If anything you can wait until you get into school before you do it," Johnson said.
These rules do not apply at a private school like Quincy Notre Dame, or on any private property.
You can use your phone as long as you are parked in a designated parking spot.
Once you leave that spot, you are fair game to the rules of driving in a school zone.