Lawmakers back ban on drivers using social media
BATON ROUGE, La. - An attempt to ban posting to Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites while driving is nearing final passage in the Louisiana Legislature.
The proposal, approved Monday by the House transportation committee, is designed to close what lawmakers call a loophole in the state law that prohibits texting and driving.
The Senate-approved bill would add accessing, reading and posting to social media sites to the prohibition. It heads next to the full House.
Livingston Sen. Dale Erdey, the Republican sponsor of the bill, says he's trying to cut down on distracted driving and improve public safety.
If passed into law, violators would face a fine up to $175 for the first offense and up to $500 for second and subsequent violations.