Telecommunications Division

Telecommunications Division

Louisiana Cell Phone Law for the First Time License Holder

Act No. 667, also known as Senate Bill 342 prohibits a first time license holder from using a Cell phone for any purpose while operating a motor vehicle. The newly licensed driver cannot use a cell phone while driving for 1 year from the date the license was issued. This new driving law does not apply to the first time State of Louisiana license holder who was legally licensed in another state.

If you are ticketed for a violation of these new cell phone laws you will receive a fine up to $100 or be sentenced to sixteen hours of community service or both for your first offense and up to a $250 fine for your second or subsequent offenses. If you are involved in a traffic accident and the law enforcement official determines you were in violation of this law when the accident occurred, the fine will be doubled.

This new Louisiana driving law is a secondary offense, meaning that you will only be ticketed if you have been pulled over for a primary offense such as speeding or running a red light.

Like the other new laws above there are other exceptions to the laws in emergency situations and for law enforcement personnel.

The Louisiana Text Messaging Ban & Novice Cell Phone Law 

Act No. 665, also known as Senate Bill 137 is Louisiana's new Text Messaging and Cell-Phone law. The new driving laws Prohibits Text Messaging by all Drivers and limits the use of Cell Phones by novice drivers.

Novice driver's in Louisiana that hold a Class "E" learner's license are prohibited from making calls on a cell-phone or any wireless telecommunication device while driving unless the communication device is a Hands-Free device.

If you are ticketed for a violation of these new cell phone laws you will receive a fine up to $175 for your first offense and up to a $500 fine for your second and subsequent offenses. If you are involved in a traffic accident and the law enforcement official determines you were in violation of this law when the accident occurred, the fine will be doubled.

There are exceptions to the new driving laws in emergency situations and for law enforcement personnel.

One of the other new laws is Act No. 666, also known as Senate Bill 159. This new Louisiana Cell Phone law prohibits minors (17 years old and under) from using any type of wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle.

This includes text-messaging and cell-phone use. Devices not included in the new driving law are Push-to-Talk devices, Commercial Two-Way Radios and Citizen Band Radios.

If you are ticketed for a violation of these new cell phone laws you will receive a fine up to $100 for your first offense and up to a $250 fine for your second and subsequent offenses. If you are involved in a traffic accident and the law enforcement official determines you were in violation of this law when the accident occurred, the fine will be doubled.

There are other exceptions to the laws in emergency situations for law enforcement personnel.

The Louisiana School Bus Driver Cell Phone Law

Act No. 335 , also known as House Bill 402 prohibits School Bus drivers from engaging in calls on a Cellular phone while driving the School Bus. The new Louisiana Driving Law does provide exceptions for emergency situations.

Michael Stephens

Telecommunications Coordinator
Phone 318-329-4141
mike.stephens@ci.monroe.la.us

316 Breard Street
Monroe, La 71201

The Telecommunications Coordinator assists in the planning, directing, and coordinating of activities of the City of Monroe Administration Department and MIS Division to ensure the designated goals or objectives of utility and telecommunications projects are accomplished within the prescribed frame of time by performing the duties personally or through contract professional consultants.

The Coordinator accumulates data to facilitate the various utility and telecommunications projects and plans. He coordinates with other City Departments with suggestions for the best utilization of City of Monroe telecommunication and utlitity properties. He also coordinates with the MIS staff, in procurement of hardware and other tools and materials, such as communications lines and mobile devices, to meet telecommunication and utility needs and project schedules.


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