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Lawmakers Look to Increase Penalties for Texting and Driving in Louisiana

Texting and driving remains a serious safety hazard for Louisiana drivers, and now state lawmakers are taking action to crack down on this dangerous driver behavior. A new bill was recently approved in the Louisiana State Senate that would increase the penalties for Distracted Driving.

If signed into law by Governor Edwards, the new bill would increase fines for drivers that send text messages, check email, or post to social media sites while driving. First time offenders would face a penalty of up to $500, and additional violations could cost drivers as much as $1,000.

Lawmakers hope that these harsh penalties will make motorists think twice before checking their phone while driving. Read more about this bill here.

In Louisiana, Distracted Driving is a primary offense, meaning that law enforcement officers can initiate a traffic stop and issue a citation if they observe a driver sending text messages or emails behind the wheel. Unfortunately, many Louisiana motorists have chosen to ignore this law, leading to many preventable and tragic car accidents.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Distracted Driving was responsible for more than 10% of all driver fatalities in 2014.

At Gauthier Amedee, we encourage all motorists to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road at all times while driving. Distracted Driving is dangerous and selfish behavior that puts your life, and the lives of those around you, at risk.

If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a car crash caused by a distracted or negligent driver, call Gauthier Amedee today at 225-647-1700 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation.

When you call our local Baton Rouge, Louisiana personal injury law firm, you will speak with an experienced Louisiana Car Accident attorney absolutely FREE. Our attorneys will investigate every detail of your accident and fight hard to ensure that your rights are protected.

At Gauthier Amedee, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front, and you owe us nothing unless we win your case. At Gauthier Amedee, we don’t get paid until you do.

Don’t delay. Get the help you need today with Gauthier Amedee.

June 6th, 2016