Texting While Driving Becomes Illegal On July 1st
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Next week, texting while driving becomes illegal in the state of Idaho.
The City of Twin Falls enacted a city ordinance prohibiting this act back in 2010, but it will be repealed to make way for the state law.
So what does this mean for drivers?
Just about all of us have seen a motorist doing something other than driving.
"I've seen a lot of times people with anything, not just phones, reading, and just texting," says Gage Fairbanks, 15, Twin Falls resident.
15–year old Gage Fairbanks just went through driver's ed and has a permit.
He adds, "and people were saying that texting while driving is 80% more dangerous than driving drunk."
When the law goes into effect, you will not be allowed to read, write or send a text message while behind the wheel. If you do need to access your message system, you need to pull over at a safe location.
Lt. Craig Stotts, Twin Falls Police Department "people frequently text when they're not supposed to. Really the motorists need to remember if they're stopped in traffic, or at a stoplight, really they're in control of that vehicle."
The new state law will be a primary offense.
"I think it's almost overdue because just the last few generations have been texting a lot, lately we've needed it because texting is so popular," says Jordan Smith, 17, Twin Falls resident.
"I support the law because with texting, you have to take your eyes off the road and keep control of your car," adds Rick Widmer of Kimberly.
The law only impacts texting, not dialing, answering a call or using a hands–free device.
Lt. Stotts adds, ""the smartphones have the ability to have hands–free texting, hands–free dialing that obviously constitute a violation of the law."
Waiting to text, is one more reason to not being pulled over.
Those who violate the new law could face a fine of $81.50.
Idaho is the 37th state to make texting while driving illegal.