Friday, October 19, 2012

Report: 130 Idahoans Ticketed Thus Far For Texting While Driving

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 9:28 AM

The first three months of Idaho's new ban on texting behind the wheel resulted in 130 citations statewide.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the texting-while-driving ban has been difficult to enforce for some local law enforcement, but the citations are considered a tangible deterrent.

According to Idaho's Office of Highway Safety, of the 130 total texting citations statewide between July 1 and Sept. 30, there have been 86 guilty findings, reported the Press. Some charges are still pending.

Idaho State Police had issued 17 citations statewide, meaning the lion's share had been issued by local law enforcement agencies.

"That shows the law is working the way it's supposed to," Coeur d'Alene Republican Sen. Jim Hammond told the Press. Hammond carried the measure that eventually became law through the Idaho Legislature.

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