New Louisiana Law Makes Some Cell Phone Uses Primary Offenses

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From the Louisiana Legislature website

During the Louisiana Legislature's 2010 regular session, Senate Bill 9 was passed and signed into law by Governor Jindal.  The new law makes texting while driving a primary offense.  Currently, texting is a secondary offense, meaning a driver can only be cited for texting if he was pulled over for a different reason.  Drivers cannot currently be pulled over solely for texting while driving.  On August 15th, however, that will change.  Drivers will be pulled over just for texting while driving and will be fined up to $500 unless it is an emergency.

This law also makes using a cell phone while driving a primary offense for minors.  Drivers aged 17 and under will no longer be able to use cell phones on the road on August 15th of this year.  Louisiana will not be the first state to pass this type of law.  Cell phone use by new drivers is currently illegal in 28 other states, as well as in Washington D.C.  24 other states also currently have texting while driving listed as a primary offense, and the use of handheld phones in the driver's seat is not allowed at all in six states.  These laws are being created around the country in an effort to cut down on avoidable accidents on the road. 


  1. Mike Mannino

    June 24, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Long overdue. Driving needs our full attention. Cell phones are a tremendous distraction and need to be banned entirely. 99 % of the time, when you see a someone driving erratic or slow, the person is using a cell phone. Traffic is terrible and this only makes it worse.

  2. Paul

    June 26, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Cell phones are not the problem. I agree with you that texting should be illegal, but not on the outright ban. I think the majority of drivers can use a cell phone and drive, but would support a requirement that cell phone use be hands free. If you can sing and drive you can talk and drive. Some people get distracted by the radio. Would you support removing radios?

    This is a matter of personal responsibility and that is where the blame should be. Too often in our society lately, we have been ignoring this and placing the blame on easy targets. Gun control advocates say guns are the cause of violent crime. Remove guns and crime will go down. How did that work out for DC? Prohibitionists thought criminalizing alcohol would cure societal problems surrounding alcohol. Instead it created organized crime and led to an increase in crime.

    The problem is not the cell phone. It is the lack of personal responsibility. When we turn to the government to regulate what should be personal responsibility, we are on the wrong path.

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