Several weeks ago, I reported a bill had been introduced in the Louisiana legislature, adding social media activity to the existing law banning texting while driving. Governor Bobby Jindal signed the bill into law Thursday. The bill mandates Louisiana drivers skip the Facebook and Twitter updates while behind the wheel. It broadens the law against texting while driving, to also prohibit posting to social media sites while driving. The law takes effect Aug. 1.

A first offense will draw a fine of up to $175. Second and subsequent violations will be fined up to $500.

Livingston Republican Dale Erdey authored the bill to close what he called a loophole in the existing prohibited-while-driving list by adding accessing, reading and posting to social media sites, such as the popular Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.