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7 new laws affect Louisiana drivers starting August 1, 2014
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BATON ROUGE, LA - Beginning August 1st, 2014, numerous laws and amendments passed during the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session will affect motorists throughout the state. Troopers would like to highlight several changes that both drivers and passengers should be aware of while operating a vehicle on Louisiana's roadways. Listed below are only a few notable changes affecting motorists; however, Troopers strongly urge citizens to familiarize themselves with all new laws, updates, and amendments coming into effect this year.

1. School Zone Cell Phone Ban: Motorists are now prohibited from using any type of hand held wireless communications device while traveling through schools zones during posted hours. The law includes use of a cellular/wireless device for engaging in a voice call, accessing, reading, or posting to a social networking site, and/or writing, sending, or reading a text-based communication. The school zone cell phone ban does not apply if the device is being used to report an emergency, is being used in a hands-free manner, or while the vehicle is lawfully parked. Upon first violation of the school zone ban the fine is $175, subsequent violations can be up to $500, and if a crash occurs during the time of the violation, fines can be increased.

2. LA Litter Law Updates: Amendments to the LA litter law now specifically include cigarettes and cigarette butts to the official definition of litter. Additionally, the fine for a first offense increases to $300 with 8 hours of community service in a litter abatement program, second offense to $700 with 16 hours of litter abatement, and a third and subsequent offense to $1500 with 80 hours of service in a litter abatement program.

3. Six Year Driver's License Renewal: The renewal period for Louisiana driver's licenses has been extended from four years to six years with a fee increase to cover the extension of the renewal period. Fee increases vary by class of license, area of residence, and age of license applicant. (This amendment does not go into effect until July 1st, 2015).

4. Inspection Exemptions for Certain Trailers: New amendments to LA inspection sticker requirements exempt single axle two-wheeled trailers and boat trailers from state inspection requirements and the obligation to bear a valid safety inspection certificate/sticker. While exempted from the inspection process, the trailers must still possess the required safety equipment to operate on Louisiana roadways.

5. Vehicle Inspections Can be Conducted in Rain: Another amendment added to the LA inspection sticker requirements changes an old requirement that vehicle inspections stations could not inspect vehicles on rainy days. This new amendment allows vehicles to be inspected when it is raining if the conditions are safe and the vehicle can accurately be checked.

6. Increased Penalties for Fatigued Drivers in Fatal Crashes: Motorists who fail to maintain control of their vehicle due to falling asleep and directly or proximately cause the death of a human being, face increased penalties under Louisiana's Careless Operation law. In addition to the Careless Operation penalties, motorists involved in a fatality crash may also be charged with Negligent Homicide.

7. Vehicular Homicide classified as a Crime of Violence: The act of Vehicular Homicide (causing the death of a person due to a crash where the driver was impaired) will now be classified as a crime of violence when the offender's blood alcohol concentration exceeds 0.20 grams percent. The amended classification allows for increased penalties for impaired drivers involved in fatality crashes.

For a complete list of all laws and amendments passed during the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session please visit: www.legis.la.gov.
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burdman
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5. Vehicle Inspections Can be Conducted in Rain


It's about time.

ETA: Can someone explain why inspections wouldn't be done in the rain?
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5. Vehicle Inspections Can be Conducted in Rain: Another amendment added to the LA inspection sticker requirements changes an old requirement that vehicle inspections stations could not inspect vehicles on rainy days. This new amendment allows vehicles to be inspected when it is raining if the conditions are safe and the vehicle can accurately be checked.




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4. Inspection Exemptions for Certain Trailers: New amendments to LA inspection sticker requirements exempt single axle two-wheeled trailers and boat trailers from state inspection requirements and the obligation to bear a valid safety inspection certificate/sticker
I don't know how I feel about this one.
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CaptainPanic
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School Zone Cell Phone Ban
That is bull shite. I will text and drive wherever I want.

How hard is it to see a massive car coming your way?


BRgetthenet
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re: 7 new laws affect Louisiana drivers starting August 1, 2014
It was a scam they were running at the launch.

Feel good about it.


Spankum
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I think all of these changes are for the better...


BRgetthenet
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Agreed.


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When in Rome
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re: 7 new laws affect Louisiana drivers starting August 1, 2014
Do you think it will prevent people from keeping up the condition of their trailers? If a trailer comes off of a vehicle on the road, it can be deadly.


GeauxxxTigers23
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I'm pretty pissed about the new littering law about throwing cigarette butts out the window. Where the frick do they expect me to put them?


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8. Dogs may be shot by law enforcement officers even if the dogs are already dead. Previously only dogs that were legally alive could be shot. New amendments to LA dog-shooting requirements permit the shooting of all dogs, still-existing or no longer extant, by duly authorized personnel.


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2. LA Litter Law Updates: Amendments to the LA litter law now specifically include cigarettes and cigarette butts to the official definition of litter. Additionally, the fine for a first offense increases to $300 with 8 hours of community service



They'd make a killing if they actually enforced this and the medians would be spotless from all the litter being picked up.

I swear this state has the highest smoking rate I've ever seen and those trashy fricks think it's acceptable to drop them out of the window like they're disgusted by them or something.


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Motorists are now prohibited from using any type of hand held wireless communications device while traveling through schools zones during posted hours.

Moronic politicians across the country think it's okay to talk on the phone while driving if you don't hold it.

Most people only drive with one hand. It isn't your hand being off the wheel that makes it dangerous. It's your mind being distracted while talking. You're just as distracted while using a hands free phone.
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Vehicle Inspections Can be Conducted in Rain
Motherfricker.


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KosmoCramer
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How hard is it to see a massive car coming your way?


Or a small child. They are known for being very level headed and risk averse.


UL-SabanRival
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Can someone explain why inspections wouldn't be done in the rain?

Brake testing.


Walt OReilly
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re: 7 new laws affect Louisiana drivers starting August 1, 2014
I like most of the those

Especially the litter one


BRgetthenet
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re: 7 new laws affect Louisiana drivers starting August 1, 2014
The boat and $10K engine is usually enough incentive to keep the trailer operable and safe.


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Good thing cigar buttstock were excluded from this.


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burdman
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Brake testing.


Guess I get my car inspected at lazy places. It never even leaves the garage when I get it inspected.


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