Once again lawmakers will discuss banning the use of hand held cell phones while driving. A bill to do just that will be debated in the House Transportation Committee today. Breaux Bridge Representative Mike Huval says representatives for the insurance industry are in support of this proposal.
"The insurance rates in our state are very high as everybody knows when they go buy insurance for their car. This may be just another factor that maybe we could lower our insurance cost in our state," Huval says.
Huval hopes if this bill passes people will understand how hands free devices give a driver better awareness of what is happening on the road. He says an insurance agent will go before the legislature with facts supporting the bill.
"He is just going to tell and show that holding a hand held cell phone has contributed to an accident. This is for public safety and public awareness," Huval says.
Huval says the legislation would make driving while on a hand held cell phone a secondary offense, which means you can't get pulled over for talking and driving. He says there are many options for hands free devices available and often Bluetooth is included in newer model vehicles.
"The government should not dictate everything we do but when it could help safe our lives or lives of our family members then we should consider that. Especially when the cost of a hands free device is not that costly," Huval says.