2011 Louisiana Laws
TITLE 32 — Motor vehicles and traffic regulation
RS 32:300.7 — Use of certain wireless telecommunications devices by minors while driving prohibited; exceptions
§300.7. Use of certain wireless telecommunications devices by minors while driving prohibited; exceptions
A. As used in this Section, the following terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them as follows:
(1) "Engage in a call" means talking or listening on a cellular telephone.
(2) "Wireless telecommunications device" means any type of instrument, device, or machine that is capable of transmitting or receiving telephonic, electronic, radio, text, or data communications, including but not limited to a cellular telephone, a text-messaging device, a personal digital assistant, a computer, or any other similar wireless device that is designed to engage in a call or communicate text or data. It does not include citizens band radios, citizens band radio hybrids, commercial two-way radio communication devices, or electronic communication devices with a push-to-talk function.
(3) "Write, send or read a text-based communication" means to use a wireless telecommunications device to communicate by using a text-based communication referred to as a text message, instant message, or electronic mail.
B. Except in a driver emergency as provided in Subsection C of this Section, no person who is seventeen years of age or younger shall operate a motor vehicle on any public road or highway in this state while using any wireless telecommunications device to engage in a call or write, send or read a text-based communication. Such device shall not include citizens band radios, citizens band radio hybrids, commercial two-way radio communication devices, or electronic communication devices with a push-to-talk function.
C. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to a person who uses a wireless telecommunications device to do any of the following:
(1) Report a traffic crash, medical emergency, or serious road hazard.
(2) Report a situation in which the person believes his personal safety is in jeopardy.
(3) Report or avert the perpetration or potential perpetration of a criminal act against the driver or another person.
(4) Engage in a call or write, send or read a text-based communication while the motor vehicle is lawfully parked.
D. Any violation of this Section shall constitute a moving violation.
E.(1)(a) A first violation of the provisions of this Section shall be punishable by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars.
(b) Each subsequent violation shall be punishable by a fine of not more than two hundred fifty dollars.
(c) If the person is involved in a crash at the time of violation, then the law enforcement officer investigating the crash shall indicate on the written accident report that the person was using a wireless telecommunications device and the fine shall be equal to double the amount of the standard fine imposed in this Subsection.
(2) It shall be an affirmative defense against an alleged violation for the person to produce documentary or other evidence that the wireless telecommunications device that is the basis of the alleged violation was used for emergency purposes as provided in Subsection C of this Section.
Acts 2008, No. 666, §1, eff. July 1, 2008; Acts 2010, No. 203, §1.
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