To folks unfamiliar with Louisiana, you might be mistaken to judge prematurely based on the images and impressions created in popular culture... Yes, the Mardi Gras is a blast and the people in New Orleans along with the music and food make it an experience beyond compare but if you think the prevailing attitude is that 'anything goes' ...think again.

According to the Times-Picayune, a new state law banning the use of social media such as Twitter and Facebook, while driving, will go into effect today, August 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the bill into law on May 30 after lawmakers approved it during the 2013 legislative session.

State law already banned texting while driving but did not address the use of social media sites. With this law, Louisiana has created something that specifically discourages those who are most tempted to text --and become distracted-- risking the lives of all others on the road they share.

The new law going into effect this week will not ban the general use of the internet on smartphones while driving.

But, anyone caught accessing social media while driving could be issued a ticket for up to $175, with subsequent offenses costing up to $500. These are the same penalties in place for texting while driving.

The ban will apply to anyone using "any web-based service that allows individuals to construct a profile within a bounded system, articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and communicate with other members of the site."

Do you wonder how some states can be so proactive, while others give only lip service to public safety?