Study: 73% of drivers admit to reading text messages while driving
Posted on 10/3/2018 5:38:00 AM. releases a survey showing 73% of drivers admit to reading text messages while driving, while 54% say they type on their phones while behind the wheel.

Safety and Education Analyst from the website, Laura Adams, says their nationwide poll also found 32% of drivers report they have driven after having one or more alcoholic drinks and 10% admit to driving in the last year after smoking or ingesting marijuana.More
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House passes bill that could make it illegal for drivers to touch mobile phones
Posted on 5/3/2018 5:11:00 PM.

A bill barring drivers from touching their cell phones while on the road narrowly escaped the House and is on its way to the Senate. The anti-distracted driving legislation was inspired by the uptick in distracted driving road deaths in recent years. Bill sponsor Breaux Bridge Representative Mike Huval says the legislation is about protecting the next generation of drivers.

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Bill to ban cell phone use while driving dies
Posted on 4/17/2018 7:57:00 PM.

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.

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Distracted driving is a 'dangerous epidemic' in Louisiana
Posted on 4/13/2017 10:41:00 AM.

Distracted driving is an epidemic in Louisiana. That’s according to Executive Director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, Dr. Katara Williams, who says last year alone we had over 2,500 crashes that were linked to this risky habit.

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Car insurance rates on the rise in the Bayou State
Posted on 3/14/2017 5:55:00 AM.

Louisiana car insurance rates are on the rise again and one big culprit could be the smartphone. The National Highway Safety Administration finds distracted driving is the cause for 20% of crashes in the state. State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says drivers are having a hard time putting down the cell phone and focusing on the road.

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Distractions worse than thought for teen drivers
Posted on 3/26/2015 3:26:00 AM.
An American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety study shows that distraction in teen crashes is worse than previously thought.  The study found that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes.  

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