Idaho Bill Says Driving & Texting OK, As Long As Driver Isn’t Distracted

March 1, 2011

An Idaho House representative has proposed a bill to allow people to text and drive — as long as they’re not distracted.

House Bill 141, proposed by Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, says no person operating a motor vehicle shall use an electronic device that causes such person to be distracted or otherwise fail to exercise due care — but does not entirely ban texting and driving. The bill would create an $75 infraction for distracted driving, when a driver uses a hand held electronic device.

While it may sound impossible to keep both eyes on the road and text at the same time, Rep. Hagedorn said his proposal represents a compromise between those who want to ban texting and driving completely, and those who killed a texting ban in last year’s legislative session.

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  • March 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm
    DBP says:
    how can all these comments be forwarded to the smart Rep who designed this bill?
  • March 2, 2011 at 6:35 pm
    Erik Wood says:
    Not distracted? Text and Drive specifically was the cause of 16,141 highway deaths from 2001 to 2007 and over 200,000 non fatal accidents last year. For every 6 seconds a driv... read more
  • March 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm
    Brian Tingle says:
    With all due respect to Rep. Hagedorn, he's way off base with his proposal to allow texting while driving. Has he not read and understood the studies that show that texting wh... read more
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