The bill sets a fine of up to $100 for a first violation and up to $250 for subsequent violations. If the driver is involved in an accident while using a cell phone or text-messaging device, the punishment is doubled..
The bill states that a police officer can only ticket someone for the violation if the driver is pulled over for another moving violation such as speeding or running a stop sign.
Lawmakers have sent Jindal two other bills restricting cell phones or text-messaging devices: Senate Bill 137 by Sen. Julie Quinn, R-Metairie, banning the use of text-messaging devices by everyone while driving and the use of cell phones by "novice drivers," those who have a learners or intermediate permit; and Senate Bill 342 by Sen. Dale Erdey, R-Livingston, prohibiting the use of cell phones by any first-time driver, no matter what age, for a one-year period
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Banning cell phone use by young drivers OK'd by Louisiana Legislature
Lawmakers approved legislation prohibiting Drivers 17 and younger from using cell phones and text-messaging devices while driving.