No, police can’t ticket you for driving with a phone in hand; the bill to do that failed

Published: May 5, 2022

By: Allison Kadlubar, LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE — Lawmakers narrowly rejected a bill Tuesday to ban drivers from using hand-held phones after several amendments, debates and product demonstrations.

The bill would have allowed law enforcement to ticket anyone caught with a cell phone in hand while driving.

“This bill is a wireless cell phone hands-free bill,” the author of the bill, Rep. Mike Huval, R-Breaux Bridge, said. “It does not keep you from using a cell phone when you’re driving. It just requires you to do it in a safe manner.”

The bill failed to pass in the House by a close margin of 48-46. But before the vote, lawmakers discussed the bill in intense debates.

Lawmakers adopted eight amendments to alter the bill since it was first proposed in the House Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works on March 14.

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