Sunday, July 1, Marks Texting-While-Driving Ban

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When motorists hit the road Sunday, July 1, texting while driving will be illegal in Idaho. Tweeting, Facebook and other text input activities could net offenders an $81.50 fine.

Boise Police have been training for the new measure, which allows officers to pull over any texting driver without having committed any other traffic violation.

The law came after years of attempts at the Idaho Legislature to stiffen regulations regarding texting while driving, a contributor to roadway fatalities because of inattentive drivers.

"I found myself weaving and not being in my lane of traffic," said Sagle Sen. Joyce Broadsword in February. "We have to make sure that we're protecting citizens from their own stupidity."

In October 2011, Idaho's Office of Highway Safety concluded that 60 fatalities resulted from inattentive or distracted driving in 2009, representing 27 percent of all fatalities.

Eagle High School students went for a safety "text drive" in March 2011, which Boise Weekly caught on video.

Those initiatives and supporters of the measure came to a head when Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed the texting-while-driving bill into law in April.

If you receive a texting-while-driving ticket, email Boise Weekly at news@boiseweekly.com