POSTED: Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 6:49pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:58pm
If you talk on your cell phone while driving, listen up. A New Orleans lawmaker wants to make it illegal. Our David D’Aquin is tracking this story and found out many people say the ban is a good idea.
Talking on your phone while driving could be a thing of the past if State Rep. Austin Badon gets his way. He’s hoping to force drivers to go hands free with their phones and Baton Rouge drivers think that’s a smart move. Stephanie, a Baton Rouge driver says, “I see people all the time make mistakes about to crash just because they’re on the phone.”
State Police say distracted driving is the biggest problem on the roads in Louisiana. Trooper Russell Graham says, “People just don’t pay attention when they have that cell phone up to their ear.”
If Badon’s bill passes, drivers who are busted talking on their phones will face a $100 ticket for the first offense. You’d still be able to use your phone if you go hands free, “At least have that earphone so that you won’t take your mind off of what you’re supposed to be doing because driving is kind of serious.”
Capitol area drivers say they see people on their phones all the time and it makes getting around town difficult. “They take their time. Other people could be in a rush to get to work. They don’t even know and they’re taking their times and other people are behind them.”
A similar law failed to pass last year, it’s now illegal to text while driving, but you can still talk on your phone. Representative Austin Badon is hopeful his bill will pass this time around to keep Louisiana roads safe. He has already filed the bill and lawmakers will debate the issue in the legislative session later this month and we’ll keep you posted on what happens.