Sandpoint council votes down cell phone rule - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Sandpoint council votes down cell phone rule

SANDPOINT, Idaho. - The Sandpoint City Council has defeated a proposal that would have required motorists to use a hands-free device while driving and talking on their cell phones.
     
A City Council vote Wednesday ended up 3-3. Mayor Gretchen Hellar cast the deciding vote against the measure.
     
Sandpoint Police Chief Mark Lockwood says existing rules against inattentive or reckless driving can be used to hold bad drivers accountable.
     
Opponents of the proposal say it would be difficult to enforce. Supporters say it would be improve safety on the roads.
     
The rule would have also applied to cyclists and skateboard riders, and would have banned all forms of text messaging while behind the wheel.

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