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Ketchum cracks down on using handheld devices while driving

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Posted at 12:09 PM, Jun 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-16 14:09:55-04

Signs alerting drivers to Ketchum’s new ban on using handheld devices while driving have been installed at the entrances to the city -- and police have begun enforcing the ordinance. Lighted message boards will also be placed to inform drivers, city officials stated.

For the first year, warnings will be issued to drivers seen violating the law, according to Assistant City Administrator Lisa Enourato. “However, if a handheld device is found to be the cause of an accident, a citation will be issued and the $100 fine will be imposed,” she said.

On April 4, Ketchum City Council approved an ordinance to ban the use of handheld electronic devices while driving. Ketchum joined only one other city in the state of Idaho (Sandpoint) that bans the use of handheld cell phones while driving.