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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Idaho StateWide Texting BAN Goes Into Effect July 1, 2012

An Idaho statewide texting ban goes into effect on July 1, 2012.  Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter signed legislation this month to make texting while driving illegal.  Idaho is the 37th state to enact a texting-while-driving ban.

Banning the use of smartphones and other hand-held devices to manually review, prepare or send written communicaitons while operating a motor vehicle, the new law will receive primary enforcement - police can stop and cite offenders for that violation alone - but offenses are not moving violations.  Also, there are no points assessed against the driver's license,
Violators can expect to pay a fine of $85, if caught by a law enforcement officer.

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