Ketchum Institutes Cellphone Ban While Driving 

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A word of caution to visitors to the Wood River Valley: the city of Ketchum has instituted a ban on cellphone use while driving.

The Ketchum City Council unanimously approved the measure, which bans holding and using electronic mobile devices while operating a motor vehicle. However, the Idaho Mountain Express reports Ketchum police probably won't be handing out many tickets in the first year of enforcement, in favor of issuing warnings to violators. Meanwhile, drivers will be allowed to use hands-free devices.

State law bans texting while driving in Idaho but Ketchum Police Chief Dave Kassner said the state law simply doesn't go far enough, telling the Ketchum council that a ban of hands-on cellphone use was necessary.

The Mountain Express reported Kassner's force will conduct a public education campaign for the better part of a year before issuing any tickets. The new law makes a violation subject to a $100 fine.

According to the Express, Ketchum City Councilman Michael David called the new ordinance, "A no-brainer."
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