AAA survey: Idahoans support tougher stance against teens using cell phones while driving
Eighty-eight percent of Idahoans in a statewide survey conducted for AAA Idaho in November said they would support legislative action to ban talking and texting on electronic devices for drivers 18 and younger.
The Idaho Legislature last year enacted a texting ban for all drivers, following three years of debate. The survey results released today suggests Idahoans would like to take the next step -- with more attention on young drivers, according to AAA officials.
Also, the survey points out that a clear majority (72%) support requiring teens through age 17 to take an approved driver training course to be eligible to get a driver’s license, said Idaho AAA Director Dave Carlson in a news release.
“Currently drivers 17 and older are not required to do so. Since many teens are waiting until they are 17 to get licensed, amending state law could give these new drivers the advantage of the educational and behind-the-wheel training tools that could make them safer drivers,” he wrote.
And nearly two-third (62%) of Idahoans agree that legislative action to allow heavier trucks on Idaho roads should depend on assessing a fee or tax that includes weight and distance.
“There’s ample evidence to suggest that the biggest combination trucks have not been paying their fair share of the damage and use they do on Idaho highways,” Carlson said.