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BOISE, Idaho. - The Senate has a message for Idaho drivers: Put down the mobile device, quit texting and watch the road.
     
The chamber voted 29-5 on Wednesday to add texting-while-driving to activities banned under Idaho's inattentive driving statutes. It now goes to the House.
     
At least 19 other states have already made texting behind the wheel illegal, including 12 in 2009.
     
Sen. John McGee, a Caldwell Republican, especially wants to reach 18- to 24-year-olds he says are the most-likely to text while driving, impairing their visual, manual and cognitive abilities.
     
He says, "Lord knows, we don't need a reduction in brain activity."
     
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