Like the vast majority of states, Louisiana has a law prohibiting texting and driving. However, at least according to one recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, many people seem determined to keep talking on their phones, texting, using the internet and the like while driving. It may be that this sort of behavior has just become ingrained in the minds of people.
Louisiana residents received some bad news last month when preliminary numbers regarding how many motorcyclists died in accidents in this state last year. Specifically, the number of deaths rose slightly, from 92 to 95, going from 2016 to 2017. This was an increase of 3.3 percent.
Previous posts on this blog have talked about the dangers distracted drivers present to the people of New Orleans and the surrounding Louisiana communities. Inattentive and distracted drivers are a particular hazard to motorcyclists. Given their small size, motorcycles are naturally harder to see than a full-sized passenger vehicle. What this means is that drivers have to be particularly on the lookout for motorcycles both while traveling along and at intersections or when they are trying to make a turn.