Last Monday, Sen Larcenia Bullard filed S.B. 724, which bans the use of a cellular phone while operating a motor vehicle in a school zone. Sen. Bullard's bill joins several other proposals restricting cellular phone use that have been filed for the upcoming 2011 regular session, including S.B. 644 by Sen. Nan Rich, prohibiting the use of a cellular phone while operating a motor vehicle, and H.B. 79 by Rep. Ari Porth and S.B. 158 by Sen. Nancy Detert, prohibiting texting while operating a motor vehicle. Currently, eight states ban handheld use of cellular phones while driving, while 30 states ban text messaging by all drivers, and an additional eight states ban text messaging for novice drivers.