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Idaho’s Distracted Driving Laws Aim to Protect Your Family


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4/29/2014
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than nine people in the United States die every single day as a result of car accidents that involve a distracted driver. Distracted driving is defined as doing any activity that takes your attention and focus away from driving. This distraction can involve taking your eyes off the road, taking your hands of the steering wheel, or taking your mind off of driving. Common causes of distracted driving include texting, talking on cell phones, using navigation systems, or eating. Regardless of the cause, distracted driving can lead to severe injuries and property damage. For this reason, various states, including Idaho, have enacted laws designed to prevent distracted driving related accidents.

Idaho’s Distracted Driving Laws

What are Idaho’s laws pertaining to distracted driving? The following is an overview:

  1. Idaho bans text messaging by any and all drivers on its roadways. This is a primary law, meaning police officers can pull motorists over and give them a ticket for texting regardless of whether or not you are also committing some other traffic violation at the time.
  2. Idaho’s ban on text messaging while driving does not constitute a moving violation. This means that no points are added to the license of any offenders.
  3. Novice drivers in Idaho are prohibited from using their cell phones to talk or to send or compose text messages while driving.
  4. Novice drivers are not permitted to use hands-free devices of any type in order to talk on the phone.
  5. Idaho utilizes a “Distraction in/on Vehicle (List)” attribute as part of its contributing circumstances element. In other words, police officers responding to a motor vehicle accident are supposed to list any distractions while driving in the narrative of their report.

 

Did you find this information helpful? If so, we encourage you to spread the word on Twitter. Hopefully, the more people who are made aware of Idaho’s distracted driving laws, the fewer that will continue to engage in this dangerous activity.

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Category: Auto Accidents

Alan Morton
Advocate for Justice/Trial Lawyer

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