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"Hands free" bill passes in the Idaho Senate

Ketchum could ban drivers from cell phone use
Posted at 4:52 AM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 06:52:15-05

BOISE, Idaho — A bill to ban drivers from using cell phones and other electronics while driving moves forward in the Statehouse. The senate approved the legislation and it is now heading to the house.

As we have reported, several Idaho cities already have "hands free" ordinances. This bill, however, will take effect at the state level.

"I've read through the bill. It does look like some of it may be a little bit difficult, but I would say that it may cut down on some of the crashes," said Sgt. Tim Riha, Nampa Police Department. "If it does, then that is the goal that everybody is looking for."

Riha says there are a limited number of resources for traffic enforcement, so officers stay busy and don't have time for corrective stops. He says the department always stress that people not use electronic devices while driving.