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Louisiana Close To Banning Social Media While Driving

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:12 PM CDT

In Louisiana it is already illegal to text while driving.  Now their legislature has just approved and sent to Governor Bobby Jindal's desk a bill that adds social media to the list.  They're talking outlawing Tweeting, Facebook, Instagram, etc. if you're driving at the time.


Here's how they define social media in Louisiana legalese: "any web-based service that allows individuals to construct a profile within a bounded system, articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and communicate with other members of the site"


If you're caught violating the ban on social media while driving in Louisiana you could be fined $175 the first time around and $500 for subsequent offenses.  Those are the same penalties Louisiana has in place right now for texting while driving.  And        ironically, with the bans on texting and social media It's still legal to surf the web behind the wheel.


And as for the Texas legislature's efforts to ban texting while driving, at last report it was still tied up in the Senate Transportation Committee looking for the votes to get out.


KEYE TV is involved in a year-long effort to help make our streets free from distracted driving.  To learn more just click on No Text Zone.


By Fred Cantu


 


 


 

Louisiana Close To Banning Social Media While Driving


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