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Teen Cell Phone Ban Approved By State Transportation Committee.
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) On Tuesday, a newly introduced teen cell phone ban was approved by the State Transportation committee.
The new ban will increase the penalties for teens caught using their cell phone while behind the wheel.
Currently Idaho teen drivers must complete a 6 month driver training process to receive their driver's licenses.
In those 6 months the student must complete 50 hours of behind the wheel driving.
And must also not be convicted of any traffic violations.
If the new cell phone ban is passed by state, any student driver caught using a cell phone in the 6 month drivers training process must re–start the 6 months.
“Teenagers today are so tied to their social lives and it’s very hard for them to disconnect from the cell phone even when they are driving. So while we certainly need to examine the need for any new law… we certainly also support and law which would help produce even saving one life.” Said Captain Matthew Hicks from the Twin Falls Police Department.
A recent AAA of Idaho survey showed that 88 % of Idahoans would be in support of legislative action that would restrict the use of cell phones while driving for teens under the age of 18.
The bill will now go to the House Floor for a final decision.