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Bill banning texting while driving heads to the governor

Posted: 3:44 PM, Mar 19, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-19 17:45:21-04
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BOISE, Idaho — Legislation banning texting while driving -- but allowing hands-free uses such as talking or using the navigation function of an electronic mobile device -- headed to Gov. Brad Little’s desk Thursday.

The Senate voted 24-7 to approve the legislation backers say will save lives.

Opponents said individuals should be left to decide how they want to use such devices while driving.

The legislation permits one-touch operations of devices for such things as answering or ending a call.

There’s also an exception in the legislation for agriculture workers when using mobile devices while driving.

Emergency responders are also exempt, as are individuals making an emergency call.

A first-time infraction could result in a fine of $75.

The measure passed the House 49-21.

(by Associated Press)