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Rs 32:300.6 Use Of Wireless Telecommunications Devices By Certain Drivers Prohibited; Exceptions

§300.6. Use of wireless telecommunications devices by certain drivers prohibited;


A.(1)(a) Except in a driver emergency and as provided in Subsection B of this

Section, no person who holds a Class "E" learner's license or intermediate license shall

operate a motor vehicle on any public road or highway of this state while using any wireless

telecommunications device to engage in a call, unless the wireless telecommunications

device is a hands-free wireless telephone.

(b) "Engage in a call" means talking or listening on a wireless telecommunications


(c) "Hands-free wireless telephone" means a wireless telecommunications device that

has an internal feature or function, or that is equipped with an attachment or addition,

whether or not permanently part of such telephone, by which a user engages in a conversation

without the use of either hand, provided, however, this definition shall not preclude the use

of either hand to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function of the telephone.

(2) Any violation of this Section shall constitute a moving violation. A law

enforcement officer shall enforce the provisions of this Section only as a secondary action

when the officer detains a driver for an alleged violation of another provision of this Chapter.

B. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to a person holding a Class "E"

learner's license or intermediate license 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 or her personal safety is in


(3) Report or avert the perpetration or potential perpetration of a criminal act against

the driver or another person.

(4) Engage in a call while the motor vehicle is lawfully parked.

C.(1) A first violation of the provisions of this Section shall be punishable by a fine

of not more than five hundred dollars.

(2) Each subsequent violation shall be punishable by a fine of not more than one

thousand dollars.

(3) If the person is involved in a crash at the time of violation, then the fine shall be

equal to double the amount of the standard fine imposed in this Subsection and the law

enforcement officer investigating the crash shall indicate on the written accident form that

the person was using a wireless telecommunications device at the time of the crash.

Acts 2008, No. 665, §1, eff. July 1, 2008; Acts 2016, No. 472, §2, eff. June 13, 2016.

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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802