Texting While Driving Banned for Boise Cops


It may be legal for Idahoans to text behind the wheel, but not if you're at Boise cop.

Effective today (Thursday) Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson has put out an edict which prohibits employees of his department from using cell phones or other handheld devices to text or e-mail while driving department-owned vehicles.

"Officers need to use a variety of communication tools," said Masterson, "but texting while driving is not one of them. I urge other agencies to follow the lead ... and ban employees from texting, e-mailing or checking the Internet for [the] latest scores while driving a company car. No one wants texting or Internet use to be the cause of a collision where someone is seriously injured of killed."