Handheld personal communications devices; texting while driving is punishable as reckless driving. (SB1238)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Reckless driving; texting; penalty. Provides that texting while driving is punishable as reckless driving, a Class 1 misdemeanor; currently, violations incur a $20 fine. The bill also makes texting while driving a primary offense; currently, law-enforcement officers must have cause to stop or detain a driver for some other violation before issuing a citation for texting while driving. If the degree of culpability is slight, the person may be found not guilty of reckless driving but guilty of texting while driving, which is punishable by a $50 fine. Read the Bill »


02/04/2013: Merged into SB1222


01/09/2013Presented and ordered printed
01/09/2013Presented and ordered printed 13103497D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/17/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1238)
01/23/2013Rereferred from Transportation (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2013Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/04/2013Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB1222-Norment) (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)