While the 2010 Idaho Legislature failed to pass a ban on driving-while-texting, municipalities have decided to take up the issue. Tuesday evening, the Meridian City Council will consider an ordinance that would fine drivers $75 for their first and second violations of texting behind the wheel. A third of subsequent violations would result in a misdemeanor charge, punishable by a fine of up to $300, up to 90 days behind bars, or potentially both.
A driving-while-texting ban is already the law in the city of Twin Falls. And the Boise Police Department bars employees from using cell phones and other handheld devices to text or e-mail while driving the agency's vehicles. Boise city officials continue to look at the possibility of an ordinance affecting all citizens.
"We're exploring a possible city ordinance banning texting in Boise," Adam Park, spokesman for the Mayor's office told Citydesk. "We remain hopeful that a statewide solution can be reached to address this important issue."