Loud Idaho law cell phone will start on July 1, police to issue warnings first | Instant News

There will be a six-month grace period for violators. After that, the quotes start at $75 and go from there.

Boise, Idaho — starting Wednesday, July 1, it will be against the law in Idaho for drivers to use handheld devices such as phones.

This includes time spent at traffic lights and Stop signs.

Drivers in Boise, Meridian, Pocatello, Ketchum Idaho falls for a loud ordinances on the books. These ordinances have now come a new state law that covers all drivers in Idaho.

According to the office of road safety, a new law to increase driver awareness and reduce accidents with a fatal outcome.

“We are already 73 dead and over 100 deadly days [between Memorial Day and Labor Day] we are at 23 people,” said John Tomlinson, Manager of road safety. “That’s 73 too many lives lost on Idaho roads.”

While drivers cannot touch their phones while on the road, instead they can use voice commands to activate the GPS to answer the call or send SMS.

The use of mobile phones is allowed only in case if the car is parked and on the road.

Police Department Meridian told KTVB that officers have issued warnings 236 distract drivers, since their law came into force in October.

“Although people are doing right, they also need a consequence or something to do the right thing,” said police chief Jeff LaVey, Meridian.

Specialists in road safety we hope that state law will be reduced to accidents that can be avoided.

“The law requires us to keep our hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, and gives us the best chance for safe movement forward,” said Matthew Conde, a representative of AAA Idaho.

For the next six months, police around the state will issue warnings to drivers using their phones. They will present offenders with the pamphlet and to inform them about the dangers of distracted driving.

The police will not write any tickets until 1 January 2021. At this point, the first violation will be a penalty of$ 75. A second offense within three years will be a fine of 150$. And third offense will be a $300 fine and may result in a suspension of license up to 90 days.

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