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Monday, February 28, 2011

Proposed Bill Wouldn't Outlaw Texting While Driving

The Idaho House Transportation Committee is holding a hearing today on House Bill 141, a measure that's described as a “lite” version of last year's texting-while-driving ban.

Rep. Marv Hagedorn describes it as a 'distracted driving bill,' meaning that if if a person is driving and is using a hand-held device and it distracts them from driving an officer can pull them over. However, the bill would permit texting while driving as long as the driver is exercising 'due care.'

There are two threads on this on the 'Eye on Boise' blog: this one about the basics of the bill” and then this one that talks about drivers using 'due care.'

What do you think, after reading the blog posts do you feel this proposed law would have any teeth?

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