Highway safety officials remind people to put away their cell phones
BATON ROUGE - Highway safety officials and the National Highway Safety Administration are reminding drivers of the risks of using cell phones while driving and urging drivers to focus attention on the road.
"If we can get people to understand that distracted driving is a serious problem then we can save lives," said JB Slaton, Louisiana State Police Trooper.
According to NHTSA, at least 3,154 people in the United States were killed and 424,000 were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2013. In fact, 16 percent of all car crashes in the United States in 2013 involved distracted driving.
Louisiana law makes it illegal to text or use social media while driving, but these are not the only restrictions the state has imposed to keep people safe. A new law bans all use of wireless devices in school zones within posted hours.
State Police say anything that takes your attention from the road can be extremely dangerous and can come with serious consequences.