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Numerous laws address distracted driving in Louisiana

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote a post about a motor vehicle device that aims to prevent people from receiving texts, social media alerts and other notifications on their phone, as well as preventing the driver from sending any messages or using the internet on their phone. It is a great idea, and one that is welcome in this time of uncertainty out on the road. Too often, people can be seen looking down at a white cellphone screen when their attention should be focused on what's in front of them: the road.

We hope the device has a major impact out on the road. But not everyone will use the device, nor will the device eliminate distracted driving behaviors immediately. To that end, we have to rely on the laws that our state imposes on drivers who decide to look down at a cellphone screen while they are operating a motor vehicle.

In Louisiana, both bus drivers and novice drivers (i.e. people under the age of 18) are banned from using cellphones in any way. Even hands-free technology is banned. There is also a handheld cellphone ban for driver's with learner's permits or intermediate licenses. Last but not least, there is a ban on texting while driving for all drivers in the state of Louisiana.

If a driver is distracted by a cellphone and they cause an accident, the victims involved in that accident should consider their next legal steps. That driver should be held accountable for his or her irresponsible behavior.

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