By Jacob Gershman
In Louisiana, you’re not allowed to text while driving, but nothing in the law says that a motorist can’t tweet, check in with friends on Facebook, or post photos on Instagram.
That may soon change.
Louisiana lawmakers are advancing legislation that aims to close a social media “loophole” in the state’s laws against distracted driving.
The bill, which passed the lower chamber Thursday, “prohibits any device from being used to access, read, or post to a social networking site while operating a motor vehicle and requires tests administered to driver’s license applicants include the applicant’s knowledge of distracted driving issues.”
Those caught would face fines up to $500, reports the Times-Picayune . The measure still needs to be approved by the Senate.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Dale Erdey, explained its purpose to WAFB 9 News . “I think the message here is that we want to