Idaho to reintroduces texting while driving ban
Some Idaho lawmakers are persistent men. Even though a bill to ban texting while driving did not go through during last year’s legislative session, they are prepared to come up with a new and improved proposition in 2011.
Sen. John McGee was one of the sponsors for SB 1352, a bill that was seeking to ban text-messaging activities by drivers, which was termed “inattentive driving.” Had it been approved, being caught texting while driving would have resulted in fines up to $300 and/or 90 days in jail. Unfortunately, it was replaced by HB 729, a similar bill that didn’t get approved.
“A text message ban while driving passed the Senate twice, with only five and then four ‘no’ votes. It wasn’t as well received in the House. So as a result it is not the law of the land right now,” said McGee.
Rep. Raul Labrador, like McGee, also supported a texting while driving ban.
“If you’re texting and your car is swerving, it’s called inattentive driving. And if you’re swerving really hard, it’s called reckless driving,” he said. “Whatever thing you’re doing that you’re not paying attention to the road – that is already a crime.”
McGee is preparing a new version of his bill and plans to present it during the 2011 Legislative session.
“I’m confident that we will pass something next year,” said McGee.
Source: KTVB, September 22, 2010