Measures are in the works to make further changes for Louisiana drivers. A bill which bans the use of hand-held cell phones and other wireless devices while driving has made it through a House Committee. Even if passed, the bill would still allow the use of hands-free devices.
So what are the current laws in Louisiana?
Handheld ban for drivers with a learner’s permit or intermediate license regardless of age
Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for bus drivers (Primary law)
Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for novice drivers, those within a year of licensure (Primary law for drivers under 18)
Ban on texting for all drivers (Primary law)
Preemption Law prohibits localities from enacting distracted driving bans
The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission has confirmed that 52 people reportedly died between the years 2005 and 2009 as a result of cell phone use and an additional 111 died during that same time period from other distractions while driving.
Death or severe, crippling injuries can happen in an instant. Our life or the life of another can be forever changed in an instant. In the accounts given after an accident, most have said they only took their eyes off of the road for a few seconds. Most never thought it would ever happen to them. Most thought they could answer that call, send that quick text, or check that Facebook post. Look at their faces on www.distraction.gov .
So what can we do?
The FCC tells us we can do a few things:
First, letâ€™s give clear instructions to our teen drivers. Let your new motto be: â€œOn the roadâ€¦Off the phone.â€
Second, we can lead by example. A tough one. Just do it. The little ones are watching and they do what we do. Put on your seatbelt. Pull over to text or talkâ€¦or to eat, fix your make-up, grab your purse, etc.
Finally, we can be informed and active. Be informed by learning, reading, watching information on this topic. Be active by setting rules for you and your family. Perhaps posting the information (when you are not driving) or passing it along to your childâ€™s school.
If you or a member of your family is injured as the result of someone elseâ€™s distracted driving, give us a call at (888) 696-6049. The Gibby Andry Law Firm is located in New Orleans, Louisiana, and we have the experience necessary to properly evaluate serious cases of crippling injuries and/or death. Let us get to work on getting you and your family the compensation you deserve.