The push to get drivers' minds off their phone calls and back on the roadway continues in the Louisiana state legislature. Lawmakers this spring will consider a smaller-scale ban this year.
After years of failed efforts to get all drivers to put the hand-sets down in hopes it would cut down on distracted-driving problems, Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Bossier City) thinks maybe a piecemeal approach would work better: "By pointing out the greatest risk posed to people when drivers are distracted. What could be a better example than a child crossing the road in front of you at a time when they think it's safe and a driver is distracted?"So he's proposing a ban on all cell phone use by drivers passing through school zones, even the use of hands-free devices.
"What we're trying to do here is that, in a school crossing, when children are present, make sure that those drivers are paying attention, because as you and I know, children often times don't," Thompson said.
So far, no lawmakers have pre-filed any bills for this spring that include a comprehensive ban on drivers using cell phones.