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  • Westlake Man Charged with Fifth DWI after Crash while Texting

    June 22, 2014 11:58 PM

    Louisiana State Police responded to a two vehicle crash early yesterday evening around 6:26 p.m. The crash involving an impaired, texting driver traveling with an 8-year-old child in the vehicle. Officer report 37-year-old Brent Hetzler of Westlake was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Silverado on Nevils Bluff Road, west of... more »
  • Student Captures Bus Driver Allegedly Texting While Driving School Bus

    September 20, 2012 7:24 PM

    It's an image that has many parents outraged - a school bus driver caught texting while driving a bus full of children. A student in St. Mary Parish took a picture of the bus driver allegedly texting while driving the bus Tuesday morning. The parent called the St. Mary Parish... more »
  • Cell phones: push to make talking and driving illegal

    April 13, 2012 11:34 PM

    Two years ago, the hot topic was texting and driving. Louisiana joined a number of states in banning texting behind the wheel last year. Now, there's a bill on the table that would rewrite that law, making it illegal to use ANY wireless device on the road. Here's the... more »
  • Man accused of texting, 2 hit-and-run wrecks

    July 11, 2011 6:04 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) - State police say a 34-year-old Denham Springs man is accused of texting while driving and of two hit-and-run wrecks, one of which injured a 17-year-old boy. Trooper Russell Graham II said Sunday that Andrew J. Williams also was booked late Saturday with negligent injury and... more »
  • DWI Simulator Adds Texting While Driving

    November 14, 2010 12:38 PM

    DRY PRONG, La. (AP) - She took off the virtual reality headset, got out of the car and looked at her printed-out ticket for running a red light and killing a pedestrian while sending a cell phone text message. "I got a ticket for speeding, swerving, failing to stop and... more »
  • Texting Driver Hits 3

    August 31, 2010 10:19 AM

    LULING, La. (AP) - Authorities say three Hahnville High School students remain hospitalized from a wreck when a driver lost control while allegedly texting on her cell phone. St. Charles Parish sheriff's deputies said that one boy was sitting on a curb, another was one standing on the curb and... more »
  • New Texting While Driving Law

    August 16, 2010 2:24 PM

    ACT 203 (Effective August 15, 2010) makes text messaging, using a wireless communication device while driving a motor vehicle, a primary offense for all Louisiana drivers. The new law also prohibits persons 17 years of age or younger to operate a motor vehicle while using any "wireless telecommunications device".... more »
  • New Laws go into effect Sunday- Texting and Driving one of them

    August 14, 2010 7:28 PM

    Let's admit it- if you can text, you've probably tapped your phone while driving. "I see women all the time with children in the car," Abbey Bandali said. "(They're) weaving in and out of traffic." Bailey Bobbitt says, "look over and sure enough, they're texting or talking... more »
  • Bill Would Ban Texting While Driving

    April 15, 2010 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's ban on text messaging while driving would be toughened, under a bill approved Thursday by the Senate Transportation Committee. Currently, a driver can only be cited for texting while driving if a police officer stops the driver for another alleged violation. Sen. Butch Gautreaux,... more »
  • D.O.T. Bans Driving While Texting..For Some

    January 26, 2010 11:10 PM

    The Department of Transportation is trying to put the breaks on a very dangerous trend. According to a USA Today poll, 80% of all accidents are caused by distracted drivers. Drivers who text are 6 times more likely to get in an accident according to a msnbc poll.... more »
  • Truck Drivers Banned From Texting While Driving

    January 26, 2010 1:41 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Transportation Department said Tuesday it is prohibiting truck and bus drivers from sending text messages on hand-held devices while operating commercial vehicles. The prohibition, which applies to drivers of interstate buses and trucks over 10,000 pounds, is effective immediately, the department said in a statement. Truck... more »

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