By ROBERT S. MERRILL
A ban on texting while driving has been passed by both arms of the Idaho Legislature and is on its way to Idaho Governor Butch Otter’s desk for his signature.
Idaho Rep. Mark Gibbs, R-Grace, said this new law is significant as the session begins to wind down this year. He said the law bans drivers from using cell phones, smartphones, and other hand-held devices to send written communication while driving.
“The law will go into effect on July 1 and is a non-moving infraction. There is an $85 fine for a ticket and it will cost motorists points on their drivers licenses,” he said.
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