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Lawmaker: Hang up the phone while driving

1 year ago March 07, 2014 Mar 7, 2014 Friday, March 07 2014 Friday, March 07, 2014 9:18:32 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - There's another attempt to ban cell phones in the upcoming legislative session.

Rep. Mike Huval has prefiled a bill that would prohibit the use of cell phones by all "Class E" drivers, or drivers who have a personal vehicle, with the exception of a hands-free device. The current law prohibits new drivers from using a phone while driving during their first year.

It's already against the law to text or use social media while driving in Louisiana.

"It's very dangerous. It's very dangerous, and I feel you shouldn't do it when you drive," said Stephanie Thomas.

Last year in the United States, more than 3,000 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. Federal officials say all devices used in a car should be designed so you don't have to look away from the road. If you do, it should be no longer than two seconds.

"You know if I'm going to use it, it's going to be if I need to make a phone call," said Joseph Delaune.

Not everyone is convinced the law will work.

Even if it does pass, people are still going to do it," said Deandra Denapoli. "It'll just stop more people from doing it."

This isn't the first time a bill like this one has been introduced.

 

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