Louisiana Bans Use of Social Media While Driving

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Starting Thursday, living in Louisiana will mean no more making hilarious Vines of yourself singing "Back That Thang Up" as you drive to work. A new law bans the use of social media behind the wheel.


Put directly, the law includes "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 site." This includes Facebook and Twitter. Those caught using social media sites while driving will be subject to fines from $175 to $500.

Texting while driving is already illegal in Louisiana, but there had been no legislation covering drivers' use of social media sites. The state, however, does not prohibit the general use of the Internet on smartphones while driving, or the use of cellphones for talking or GPS use.


No word yet on whether or not reading e-books or playing Candy Crush while driving will eventually be outlawed, too.

Read more at NOLA.com.

Tracy Clayton is a writer, humorist and blogger from Louisville, Ky.

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