Louisiana Text Messaging and Cell Phone Laws

Except for novice drivers and bus drivers, there is no prohibition on cell phone use while driving in Louisiana. However, all Louisiana drivers are prohibited from texting. 

What Effect Does Cell Phone Use Have on Accidents in Louisiana?

According to a 2011 Louisiana State University study over 2000 accidents resulted from cell phone distractions, and over 500 resulted from texting distractions.

Cell Phone Use

There is no handheld cell phone prohibition for drivers except that school bus drivers and novice drivers in Louisiana -- drivers under the age of 18 -- or drivers with a learner’s permit, are prohibited from using cell phones (handheld or hands-free) while driving.

Texting Laws

All drivers are prohibited from texting while driving.

Bus Drivers

School bus drivers are prohibited from using any cell phone (handheld or hands-free) and, as with all drivers, they are prohibited from texting while driving.

How is it Enforced?

Text messaging fines are up to $175 (first offense) and then $500. Louisiana’s text messaging and cell phone laws are considered “primary” laws. A primary law means that an officer can pull you over for the offense without having to witness some other violation. That is, the officer sees you texting and issues a citation.  

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