Effort to Ban Texting While Driving to Resurface in Legislature

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The Idaho Legislature is expected to take up a proposal next week to ban texting behind the wheel.

Democratic Sen. Les Bock of Boise told Citydesk he has two bills that are ready for debate. One measure bans cell phone use while driving, making it an infraction with a $75 fine. A second bill would slap a $50 fine on those texting while driving. The fine would double to $100 for subsequent violations. A similar proposal was considered by legislators in 2010 but died on a procedural motion in the final minutes of the session. Then-state Rep. Raul Labrador took credit for killing the bill.

Twenty-nine other states, including Oregon and Washington, have passed some type of restrictions on texting behind the wheel. In August Twin Falls became the first city in Idaho to ban texting while driving. The city of Meridian followed suit in October.

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