When driving, any distraction, whether it be tending to a child in the backseat or adjusting the radio, can lead to an accident. In fact several studies indicate that distracted drivers are four times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident. These alarming statistics have prompted Louisiana lawmakers to propose a bill outlawing the use of hand-held cell phones.
The current proposed bill is actually calling for a total ban on cell phone use while driving, but lawmakers expect changes to the bill will be necessary. Instead, they are hoping to push through a bill that will ban the use of hand-held cell phones and require drivers to use hands-free devices when talking on their phones.
News of the proposed bill has raised skepticism among some Louisiana residents who question the real motives behind the bill. One resident noted that he believes the state stands to "make mega money on that kind of law," as police would be able to ticket and fine violators. Others believe the law makes sense and would go a long way in reducing the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers.
Nine other states have already banned the use of hand-held cell phones, but in the past four years, the Louisiana legislature has failed to pass similar proposed bills.
To ensure the safety of themselves, their passengers and everyone on the road; Louisiana drivers need to remain alert and watchful when driving. Taking your eyes off the road for just a second can result in a serious car accident that may lead to critical and even fatal injuries.
Source: WWL-TV, "New Orleans lawmaker proposing hands-free cell phone bill," Tania Dall, Mar. 12, 2012