Louisiana proposes law against using social media while driving

Tweeting in your car could cost you up to $500 in the state

If texting while driving is dangerous (and I think we can all agree that it is), then tweeting while driving can’t be much better.

Though most safe drivers probably know better than to fiddle with social media when their eyes should be on the road, Louisiana wants to remind them with a law.

Currently, Louisiana law doesn’t prohibit motorists from tweeting, posting photos on Instagram or checking Facebook while driving, though it does ban texting while on the road. The state’s lawmakers want to close this “loophole” in the distracted driving laws, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The new bill “prohibits any device from being used to access, read, or post to a social networking site while operating a motor vehicle and requires tests administered to driver’s license applicants include the applicant’s knowledge of distracted driving issues,” and threatens noncompliers with up to $500 in fines.

The bill passed Louisiana’s lower chamber on Thursday and is awaiting approval by the Senate.

 

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