State lawmaker targets texting while driving

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Posted: Mar 7, 2010 12:13 PM by Rachel Frost
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: texting, driving, laws, Louisiana, lawmaker

A Louisiana state lawmaker is taking a stand against texting while driving.

State Senator Butch Gautreaux, from Morgan City, thinks the current law is "ridiculous."

Gautreaux wants to change the current Louisiana law, making texting a primary offence rather than secondary.

The current law does not allow police officers to pull someone over for texting while driving. However, they can issue a citation if the person gets pulled over for a different offense.

If the law is strengthened authorities could enforce the ban more aggressively. The fines for texting and driving would remain the same.

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