an attack on Louisiana Business and Louisiana Free Speech

Senate Bill 211 is an attack on Louisiana business and Louisiana free speech. Take a look at the facts that help sort through all the fiction. Let’s stand up to support free speech, business and commerce in the Pelican state.
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Louisiana has too many billboards, more than any other state.

Fact

Louisiana has 2% of the nation’s interstate highways and 2% of total billboard inventory in the U.S.

Source: Geopath
Fact

Louisiana, with its extensive and heavily-trafficked highway infrastructure, isn’t even in the top 10 states when it comes to billboard inventory.

Source: OAAA
Fact

Lamar Advertising has actually reduced its number of Louisiana billboards over the last 5 years by 125 structures.

False

Billboards cause a significant number of accidents.

Fact

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration does not list billboards as a risk of outside vehicle distraction. A study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that billboards did not cause distracted driving.

Fact

In 2018, there were 312,393 drivers involved in crashes attributed to some type of distraction. Of those distractions, only 2% claim they were distracted by the very broad category of something outside of the vehicle including crash scenes, road construction and things of interest along the road.

Source: Highway Safety Research Group
Fact

There were 34,247 fatal crashes in the U.S. in 2017. 4,889, or almost 15%, of those crashes involved a tractor trailer or a bus.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation
False

There is a lack of Louisiana billboard regulation.

Fact

Louisiana has extensive state and local regulatory guidelines concerning billboards. Currently, there are 21 pages of regulations concerning billboards contained with 28 pages of statutes.

Fact

Louisiana DOTD enforces existing regulations. There are strict penalties for violations.

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