Senate committee approves texting ban - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Senate committee approves texting ban






















BOISE, Idaho. - A bill to ban texting while driving is motoring through the Idaho Legislature.
     
The Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would give police officers the power to pull over drivers suspected of sending texts from behind the wheel. Offenders could face a misdemeanor punishable by 90 days in the county jail and a fine up to $300.
     
Caldwell Republican Sen. John McGee said texting and driving is just as dangerous as driving drunk.
     
At Thursday's hearing, supporters of a texting ban included avid motorcyclists, high school students and an Idaho state police officer.
     
University of Utah researchers published a study last year that found texting while driving increases the risk of accidents up to eight times. A separate study by Virginia Tech found an even greater risk of collisions.

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