Idaho one step away from banning texting while driving
Over the past few years, Idaho lawmakers have tried to put a stop to texting while driving, but no legislation has even been adopted. The outcome for 2012 might be different.
In a 53-17 vote, the Idaho House of Representative has approved SB 1274 which would outlaw texting while driving. Violations would earn drivers an $85 fine, but under a House amendment, no points would be accumulated against the driver’s licence.
Rep. Rich Wills, a former State Police trooper, voiced his support for SB 12747.
“I believe this year we can leave a lasting legacy for Idaho families,” he said.
For Rep. Julie Ellsworth, one of the representatives behind the legislation, it is time to send a strong message to Idaho drivers that texting while driving is a dangerous behavior.
“There is just something cultural now with this texting thing,” she said. “We need to send a message as lawmakers and leaders of this state that we’re not going to do it while driving.”
The bill is being sent back to the Senate after the House voted an amendment to remove the exception for law officers, as well as any points being put against a driver’s license.
Source: Lewiston Tribute, March 21, 2012; Associated Press, March 20, 2012