Idahoans Support Tougher Stance On Teen Drivers


By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) AAA of Idaho recently released a new survey outlining a few interesting percentages relating to teen drivers.

In the November survey, AAA Idaho found that 88% of those asked say they would support legislative action to ban talking and texting on electronic devices for all drivers 18 and under.

52% of Idahoans say the state should raise the minimum age for a drivers permit from the current standard of 14 and a half years.

And 72% would support legislation requiring teens through age 17 to take an approved training course to be eligible to get a driver's license.

“Anytime you’re taking your eyes off the road for 3 or 4 seconds… something bad is probably going to happen to you. But I think that’s why there’s more and more legislation coming down about cell phone usage and texting. Because accidents happen, people getting killed daily by inattentive driving because they are on their cell phones.”
Said the Twin Falls School District Drivers Education Coordinator, Mark Schaal.

Also the survey says that 62% of Idahoans agree that legislative action to allow heavier trucks on Idaho roads should depend on assessing a fee or tax that includes weight and distance.

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