Law banning texting and driving almost in effect - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Law banning texting and driving almost in effect

By Jason Belk - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Texting and driving is a dangerous habit that law enforcement officials in Southwest Louisiana are ready to put an end to.

On August 15th, a law banning texting and driving will go into effect that will take a big step in doing just that.

For now texting is a secondary offense, but that doesn't mean you can't get in trouble for doing it.

"We can almost always find something that's related to the texting and driving, whether it's driving off of the road, running over the fog line, running over the center line, because you're so distracted in texting while driving that you're not paying attention while driving," said Sgt. James Anderson with the Louisiana State Police.

Once August 15th gets here, you can expect to pay for it if you're caught texting behind the wheel, as it will become a primary offense.

"If we see you texting and driving, that's all the probable cause we need to stop you. For a first offense it's 175 dollar fine, for second and subsequent offenses, it's a 500 dollar fine," said Anderson.

State troopers will also be learning ways to identify if someone is texting, even if their driving is not yet erratic.

"There are a variety of methods that we can use. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration provides us with tips on how we can enforce this. I'd rather not go into detail on these methods, but we'll be employing some new methods in an effort to catch people who are texting and driving," said Anderson.

It is also important to remember that any mobile device that could distract you from driving is now banned, the law is not only limited to cell phones.

With this new law on the horizon, the time is now to get your eyes onto the road.

Copyright 2010 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Beautiful day today with rain arriving later this week!

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Beautiful day today with rain arriving later this week!

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 4:44 AM EDT2017-03-28 08:44:37 GMT
    Skies clear this afternoonSkies clear this afternoon

    Today will be a warm and humid day with highs topping out in the low 80s. We will start today off with mostly cloudy skies, but the clouds will clear and we will have sunny skies by the afternoon. It should be a beautiful day to get outside! The next storm system will approach our area late Wednesday and should move through early Thursday.  Ahead of this it will be warm and humid with lows in the upper 60s and highs in the low 80s.  

    More >>

    Today will be a warm and humid day with highs topping out in the low 80s. We will start today off with mostly cloudy skies, but the clouds will clear and we will have sunny skies by the afternoon. It should be a beautiful day to get outside! The next storm system will approach our area late Wednesday and should move through early Thursday.  Ahead of this it will be warm and humid with lows in the upper 60s and highs in the low 80s.  

    More >>
  • North Lake Charles Board wants to talk with mayoral candidates

    North Lake Charles Board wants to talk with mayoral candidates

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 12:07 AM EDT2017-03-28 04:07:42 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    There's lots of talk these days about developing North Lake Charles. 

    More >>

    There's lots of talk these days about developing North Lake Charles. 

    More >>
  • Magnolia LNG at Port of Lake Charles closer to being a reality

    Magnolia LNG at Port of Lake Charles closer to being a reality

    Monday, March 27 2017 11:57 PM EDT2017-03-28 03:57:32 GMT
    (Source: Magnolia LNG)(Source: Magnolia LNG)

    A liquified natural gas export terminal to be built at the Port of Lake Charles is a step closer to reality. At Monday's port meeting, the board of directors approved the signing of  a 30-year ground lease with Magnolia LNG. Board members said it's a positive sign that Magnolia LNG is willing to take the next step - from lease option to actual lease. Construction on the Magnolia facility is expected to begin later this year, bringing 100 construction jobs and 70 permanent jobs ...

    More >>

    A liquified natural gas export terminal to be built at the Port of Lake Charles is a step closer to reality. At Monday's port meeting, the board of directors approved the signing of  a 30-year ground lease with Magnolia LNG. Board members said it's a positive sign that Magnolia LNG is willing to take the next step - from lease option to actual lease. Construction on the Magnolia facility is expected to begin later this year, bringing 100 construction jobs and 70 permanent jobs ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly