Lawmakers vote to ban posting status updates while driving
Chris Miller Reporting
It appears enough drivers in Louisiana have been taking their eyes off the road and putting it on their web-enabled phones that lawmakers have approved a ban on posting to social media like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram while driving.
WWL First News came across a few drivers this morning who say they witness all sorts of electronic bad behavior when they're on the road, from people trying to write messages to just plain-old talking on the phone while driving.
"I can't stand drivers like that," one motorist told us. "Seriously, get off the phone."
"Especially going across the bridge or on the highway, or on 90 or anything like that," another said. "They're not looking at the road."
And you might be surprised at who they see using their hand-helds to apparently post stuff online, send email or texts.
"EMTs...that was the other day I seen that," a driver said.
"Believe it or not, I just saw a sheriff-- I pulled up alongside a sheriff's car, and he was talkin' on his phone!" said another.
Texting while driving is already illegal in Louisiana. This bill, now bound for the governor's desk to await his signature, adds posting content to online social media to the list of things that will get you a ticket.
Listen to local drivers go off on other drivers' constant use of their phones: