Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are just three social networking sites that millions of users flock to everyday. We post statuses and pictures and tweet our little hearts out. And the problem is that we often do that when behind the wheel. While texting and driving is illegal in several states, using social media and driving is not… even though it’s just as or more dangerous than texting and driving. That’s why lawmakers in Louisiana are looking to close a loophole and ban the use of social media sites while on the road.
According to Senate Bil 147, which was written by Senator Dale Erdey, “social media use” falls within the constraints of “any web-based service that allows individuals to construct a profile within a bounded system, articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and communicate with other members of the state.” Those who do use social media while driving could face fines of $175 for their first offense and $500 fines for any offenses thereafter. The social media use fines fall in line with texting and driving fines.
It seems like the state of Louisiana is definitely on to something. The bill passed unanimously and will undergo amendments before finally landing in the governor’s hands. What do you think about this bill? Should Washington State look to implementing one like it?