Texting-and-driving citation will cost $85

2:18 pm July 6th, 2012

Idaho’s new no-texting-while-driving law official went into effect uly 1, making it an infraction to send or read text messages while driving. Vi-olators could face an $85 fin if cited. Idaho became the 37th state to prohibit the practice when lawmakers approved the bill, three years in the making, ear-lier this year.Most think the new law is a good thing, according to a sur-vey of the state’s registered vot-ers, conducted by AAA Idaho in November 2011; nearly nine in ten Idahoans—about 87 percent—supported a law to prohibit texting while driving. AAA Idaho said the enor-mous public support is fueled by statewide crash data show-ing that 192 people were killed and 1,534 seriously injured in distracted-driving crashes be-tween 2008-2010.The organization, hwever, said it does not expect that the new ban will solve Idaho’s dis-tracted driving problem, but hopes it will send a message that the state has taken a step toward dealing with the prob-lem. So what are the specifics Senate Bill 1274 define “texting” as “engaging in the re-view of, or manual preparation and transmission of, written communications via handheld wireless devices. Thisdefinitio does not include voice-operat-ed or hands-free devices that al-low 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.”AAA Idaho last week said the organization does not ex-pect law enforcement agen-cies to be in a rush to issue tickets, preferring instead to spend time educating motor-ists and determining how best to recognize the behaviors of texting drivers.   The daho State Police is-sued a more ambiguous state-ment, saying ISP troopers who observe a violation of the ban on texting and driving will “take the appropriate ac-tion as they do with any traf-fic code violation”

The Kuna Melba News is now FREE with a simple and quick registration.
If you are an existing user, please login.
New users may register below.
There are many features in the print edition for Kuna Melba News subscribers.
You can subscribe HERE.

Existing Users Log In
 Remember me  
New User Registration
*Required field
Posted by on July 6, 2012. Filed under News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

This post is password protected. Enter the password to view any comments.