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Louisiana lawmaker moves to ban cell phones in vehicles

State Rep. Austin Badon is continuing his battle to ban all cell phone use while driving in Louisiana. Badon introduced a bill this month that seeks to ban all cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle in the state, with the exception of hands-free devices.

For the past four years, the legislature has consistently struck down similar bills involving cell phone use. But when it comes to distracted driving, the political climate may be changing in the legislature. Last session, the legislature agreed to pass a bill that banned texting while driving, allowing police officers to stop drivers for the sole offense of texting while operating a motor vehicle.

In recent years, electronic distracted driving has been a major cause of motor vehicle accidents and fatalities in the United States. In Louisiana, statistics reveal that distracted driving was a contributing factor in 2,788 motor vehicle accidents in 2011 alone.

Broussard & David represents victims who were seriously injured in accidents caused by a distracted driver. If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident, you should speak with an attorney to learn about your legal rights. For questions, contact Broussard & David at 888-337-2323 (toll free) or 337-23-2323 (local).

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