The Louisiana Public Service Commission this morning passed a resolution proclaiming April to be “No Texting While Driving Month” in Louisiana.

The resolution, authored by LPSC Chairman Eric Skrmetta (R-Dist. 1), passed unanimously.

Citing data from a study conducted last month by ResearchNow, the resolution says that 49 percent of drivers admit to texting while driving and, of those, 43 percent report the behavior to be a habit.  Additionally, the resolution cites a Virginia Tech study indicating that texting drivers are 23 times more likely to crash.

“Texting while driving is already illegal in Louisiana, but it’s difficult for police to enforce and many drivers simply ignore the law – and the dangers,” Skrmetta said.  “Our resolution today doesn’t just show our support for the law, but is meant to encourage drivers to be aware of the danger.  Just like laws regarding speeding and disobeying traffic signals, the prohibition on texting while driving was written in the interest of public safety.”

While many smart phone devices now offer voice-to-text features, which might reduce the risk, there is no reason to risk your safety or the safety of those around you, Skrmetta said.

“No message is worth your life,” the Commissioner said.  “If it’s that important, have the conversation by phone or wait until you’re stationary.  The Public Service Commission wants you and your families to remain safe.  There’s nothing else as important as that.”