You may soon have to use your cellphone on hands-free or speaker mode while driving in Louisiana.

The Louisiana House of Representatives agreed Wednesday (05/19/21) by a vote of 77 to 20 to ban the handheld use of cellphones while driving according to KATC.

Republican Rep. Mike Huval, of Breaux Bridge, has tried for years to get a ban on handheld cellphone use while driving pushed through the House, and his persistence has finally paid off.

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The measure will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.

From KATC -

Opponents questioned whether the measure would improve safety, and they suggested the bill would put a burden on the poor by requiring them to buy new equipment.

 

It's currently illegal in Louisiana to text or post to social media while operating a vehicle. Rep. Huval wants to extend the current law to include manually using a cellphone in any way. This includes making and answering calls, web browsing, and more.

The penalties for violating the new ban, if it passes the Senate, would be a fine "of up to $100 on a first offense; up to $300 on a second offense; and up to $300 and a 30-day driver’s license suspension on third and subsequent offenses."

Read more at KATC.com.

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