Bellevue is the latest Idaho resort community to consider banning cell phone use while driving. Just last week, officials in neighboring Hailey said they too wanted to go hands-free when it came to cell phones.
To date, 46 states, including Idaho, have banned text messaging while driving. Additionally, 14 U.S. states prohibit drivers from using cell phones without a hands-free device while driving.
In Idaho, only Ketchum and Sandpoint have a hands-free cell phone ordinance—Sandpoint's is a bit nuanced in that it allows drivers to dial phone numbers while driving.
While the city of Hailey's legal staff is working on a proposed hands-free ordinance, this morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports officials in Bellevue have reached out to their Wood River Valley counterparts to see how they, too, might craft an ordinance banning cell phone use while driving.
Clark said that he could be bringing up a proposed Bellevue ordinance as early as this summer.