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Social media banned while driving

3 years 10 months 3 weeks ago August 01, 2013 Aug 1, 2013 Thursday, August 01 2013 August 01, 2013 4:04 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Troy Gaulden

BATON ROUGE - It's already against the law in Louisiana to text and drive, but new laws are putting the brakes on using social media while driving.

Most people News 2 spoke to today admitted that in the past, they've used their phone will driving.

"All the time...that's why people are always putting on brakes and never paying attention. It's a distraction for some people," said motorist Torrance Moton.

State Police said they're already watching for people who text in drive, except now they'll be able to include social media in that enforcement.

"If we see somebody that has a cell phone out and it looks like they may be texting or maybe updating say their Facebook status we can pull them over and write them a citation for that," said Louisiana State Police Tpr. Jared Sandifer.

"It makes me feel a lot safer on the roads now knowing that they're cracking down on that and it's going to be like you're gonna get in trouble if you do it," said motorist Katherine Tanner.

Troopers say after a serious crash they can get a search warrant to see if the driver was distracted by their phone. Even if you're at a red light, you're not off the hook.

"Technically at a red light, even though we would rather someone do that while they're stopped at a red light, technically you're still operating a motor vehicle so it would still fall under that statute," said Sandifer.

Authorities say using the Internet or a GPS app on your phone while driving isn't against the law, but it's still a distraction. They suggest leaving Facebook and Twitter for when you're not driving.

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