Texting, Driving, and Idaho

March 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: human factors, transportation 

Bill 1352 (64 KB, .pdf) has been put forth in the Idaho Senate to define texting and to amend the Idaho Code “…to provide that texting while driving shall constitute inattentive driving.” 

Texting is defined as “…engaging in the review of, or preparation and transmission of typed messages via wireless devices.”  Inattentive driving is a misdemeanor and can result in one being “…sentenced to jail for not more than ninety (90) days or may be fined not more than three hundred dollars ($300), or may be punished by both fine and imprisonment” if convicted.  

The co-sponsors (4 KB, .pdf) include Senators McGee, Werk, Bock, and Schroeder and Representatives Wills and Wood.

If passed, Idaho would join 19 other states that ban text messaging while driving.

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