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ISP spells out texting while driving law

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Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 2:45 pm

From Idaho State Police headquarters in Meridian:

"The passing of Idaho Code 49-1401A makes Idaho the 37th state to prohibit the practice of texting while driving. Idaho's new texting while driving law officially goes into effect on July 1, making it an infraction to text and drive; issued as a primary citiation the violator will be fined $81.50.

Senate Bill NO. 1274 Relating to Texting and Driving

49-1401A. TEXTING WHILE DRIVING. (1) As used in this section, "texting" means engaging in the review of, or manual preparation and transmission of, written communications via handheld wireless devices. This definition does not include voice operated or hands free devices that allow the user to review, prepare and transmit a text message without the use of their hand except to activate, deactivate or initiate a feature function.

(2) Texting, as that term is defined in subsection (1) of this section, while driving a moving motor vehicle shall constitute an infraction provided this does not apply to voice operated or hands free devices that allow the user to review, prepare and transmit a text message without the use of their hand except to activate, deactivate or initiate a feature function. Every person who violates this section shall...

When ISP troopers observe a violation of this code they will take the appropriate action as they do with any traffic code violation."

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2 comments:

  • votingcountyemployee posted at 5:40 am on Wed, Jun 27, 2012.

    votingcountyemployee Posts: 25

    Washington passed the law that you cannot use your phone or text. It doesnt seem to stop anyone from doing either of the two. I have been going back and forth to Spokane on the freeway everyday lately as a passenger. It AMAZES me to see the number of people texting, or on their phone as they drive. If they would allow passengers (NOT DRIVERS) to video this activity and a license number for a small $ reward with a BIG TICKET for offenders, I bet it would cut down on this problem. The Texting is a huge problem.

     
  • bionic man posted at 3:53 pm on Tue, Jun 26, 2012.

    bionic man Posts: 347

    Now if they could pass a "no cell phone law" that would be great. 95% of the people driving and talking don't have the capability of multi tasking. See it too often on the road. Too many idiots on the road, just another way to curb some of them. And the fine is not enough....make it a $1000.00 minimum. That might curb the situation

     
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