A bill to ban drivers from using their phone with their hands while on the road failed to pass the House floor after an, at times, contentious debate. The legislation by Breaux Bridge Representative Mike Huval was inspired by the traffic deaths of a constituent’s child. Huval says it’s a bill designed to save lives.
“This bill is to try and protect the families back home that deserve to have one less thing that could possibly kill them, or their children, or someone they know.”
The bill received stiff opposition from Shreveport Representative Barbara Norton, who frequently clashed with Huval during her questioning.
“You chose to pick out cell phones but you don’t say anything about eating, shaving, tying a neck tie, putting on makeup, drinking coffee, you’re still distracted.”
Baton Rouge Representative Barry Ivey says the bill is unnecessary nanny state legislation.
“Where do we stop with this type of legislation, as well intended as it is, where do we stop? At some point people just need to be responsible.”