Drivers in Louisiana and elsewhere know that they're not supposed to use their cellphones while behind the wheel, but that doesn't stop many of them from doing it. In fact, a new study finds that group chats and internet memes are some of the top cellphone distractions for drivers.
Many drivers in Louisiana and across the US engage in distracting behaviors even though they know they shouldn't. Root Insurance's second-annual distracted driving study confirms this fact in addition to other issues. Respondents were found to spend an average of 13 minutes a day using their phones while driving. Even when seeing police around, 38% didn't bother to put down their mobile devices.
Volvo Cars is making plans to install onboard vehicle cameras and sensors that will detect when Louisiana drivers are distracted or impaired. The Swedish automaker will begin installing the technology in the early 2020s.
Severe weather sends many people in Louisiana inside, but tornadoes draw storm chasers onto the roads. Their storm videos have become popular with viewers, who watch shows like "Storm Wranglers" on The Weather Channel. The death of a livestreaming duo who produced content for the show has interrupted the excitement. Their fatal crash with a National Weather Service storm spotter has landed the network at the center of a wrongful death lawsuit.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance plans inspection sprees every year to emphasize truck maintenance and compliance with federal regulations. This year, the organization announced that inspectors will emphasize the importance of steering and suspension systems. Drivers of big rigs and buses in Louisiana can expect to undergo a Level I inspection during the 72-hour International Roadcheck inspection spree scheduled for June 4 through 6.