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Louisiana working to eliminate distracted driving accidents

With the beginning of a new school year, Louisiana officials are hoping to get the word out about the need for motorists to be especially aware when approaching school zones. With school is in session, there is a significant increase in both pedestrian and vehicle traffic. It is the goal of state officials to eliminate the danger of students becoming victims of distracted driving accidents.

Personnel with the Capital Region Transportation Safety Coalition recently held a press conference with the purpose of educating motorists about the dangers of distracted of driving. According to recent reports, an estimated 30 drivers were cited for distracted driving in and around school zones since the beginning of August. The conference will highlight the dangers posed by using cell phones or other electronic devices while behind the wheel. Any use of a cell phone -- including talking -- while driving carries a risk of a driver becoming inattentive to the road.

Louisiana has laws in place to address those who are caught distracted driving in a school zone. A first offense comes with a $500 fine, while a second citation levies a $1,000 fine. Those who are considered serial offenders face losing having their driving licenses for up to 60 days. Furthermore, motorists are also reminded to obey posted speed limits.

Local agencies are hoping to educate motorists about the need to refrain from using cell phones for any reason while they are operating their vehicles, especially within school zones. Those who are injured in distracted driving accidents face many challenges in the days and weeks following these preventable crashes. Along with the physical injuries that must be treated, many victims may struggle with financial burdens caused by medical bills and lost wages. An experienced attorney can provide guidance as to whether a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible parties would be an appropriate means for seeking recovery of documented damages.

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