Social media and driving ban created after push from local law enforcement

Social media and driving ban created after push from local law enforcement
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POSTED: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 4:36pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 5:00pm

Texting and driving bans have been in place for several years. But recently officers have noticed a new distraction for drivers, posting to social media sites. Some officers found it to be such a problem that they took it to their local senator.

"We actually made a couple traffic stops and people were doing their social media and we explained that that was not permitted. And of course the response that we got was, 'well this is not text messaging,'” shared Walker Police Captain John Sharp.

Livingston Parish area Louisiana Senator Dale Erdy decided to help officers out and push for new laws that ban using social media behind the wheel. It’s something Walker Police Captain John Sharp is very grateful for.

"I think it will help us in enforcement, it gives us a little more strength in the law," Sharp said.

The new law doesn't go into effect until August 1 and some people we spoke to say it's going to take them that long to break the habit of liking a status and driving, but the majority say it's definitely a good idea.

"Sometimes you see people tying up traffic or swerving over to another lane. When you pass them up they're looking at their texts or trying to text and drive," said Russel Ardenaus.

The governor signed the bill into law Thursday, it sailed through the legislative process with almost no opposition.

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