Will Sentell / The Advocate

BATON ROUGE Drivers would be banned from using cell phones in school zones during posted hours under a bill that won narrow approval Tuesday morning in the House Transportation Committee.

The vote was 8-7.

The measure, House Bill 370, next faces action in the full House.

State Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City, said the proposed law is a small inconvenience to ensure the safety of children.

'It is not all day, every day,' Thompson said of his legislation.

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