Ban on hand-held cell use while driving in La. nears passage

Drew White

Although texting while driving is illegal, law enforcement officers face difficulties in pulling over distracted drivers. A bill passed by a Senate committee Thursday would make it easier for police to issue citations by expanding the list of prohibited cellular activities, like taking “selfies” and checking social media sites, in an attempt to decrease traffic accidents.

Law-enforcement authorities say that under current law, they cannot ticket drivers who insist that they were using their phones for something other than texting.

So under the bill, simply holding a device in either or both hands would be against the law at the start of next year.

Read the full story in WWL-TV.

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