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Texting and driving fines increase to $500 for first offense

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BATON ROUGE (WGNO) – Fines for texting or using social media while driving in Louisiana have increased significantly after Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill into law Monday raising the penalties.

The new law imposes a $500 fine for a first offense, up from $175. After the first ticket, your fines will increase to $1,000.

The law also says that $25 from each fine will be reserved for public defender funds across the state.

For drivers under 18, the fines are $250 for a first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses. Teen drivers could also lose their licenses for 60 days if they have multiple violations.