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New Traffic Laws Going Into Effect

Several new traffic laws were adopted in the Louisiana Legislative Session held earlier this year.  Some of those new laws will be going into effect over the next few weeks.

Seat Belt Law

New Seatbelt Rules

LRS 32:295.1(B) has been amended to require that all motor vehicle occupants who are thirteen (13) years of age or older shall wear a seat belt. 

Traffic Law

New Rules for Highway Lanes

LRS 32:71(B)(1) and LRS 32:71(C), (D), and (E) relate to lane usage on multilane highways throughout the State.  Specifically, these statutes restrict vehicles to driving in the left-hand lane on multilane highways; to provide for a restriction regarding the speed of a vehicle traveling in a left-hand lane; and to provide for related matters.

Basically, these statutes aim to restrict the left-hand lane for passing.  If you are driving in the left-hand lane and are not in the process of passing another vehicle or exiting the highway, you can be ticketed.


Enhanced DWI Laws

Several new laws strengthen the penalties for driving while intoxicated and increase the penalties for refusing to take a breathalyzer exam.

House Bill (HB) 445 provides that all Louisianans agree to provide a breath sample when property requested, as a condition of receiving a Louisiana driver’s license.  With this new law, drivers’ license suspension penalties for refusing the breathalyzer will double from 180 days to one year on the first offense and increase from 18 months to two years on the second offense.

State Police Website

There are several other new laws that may affect the citizens of Jefferson Parish.  Please visit their website at   and click on “News Releases", then “View Statewide News Releases".