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Idaho Town Mulls Texting-While-Driving Ban

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - A proposed ordinance in the south-central Idaho city of Twin Falls would prohibit texting behind the wheel and force drivers caught firing off a quick "LOL" to pay a $50 fine.

The Twin Falls City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the proposal late Monday _ several months after the state Legislature failed to enact a statewide ban on texting behind
the wheel.

The Twin Falls proposal would bar drivers from using cell phones and other handheld devices to text or e-mail while driving. The ban would not apply to on-the-job emergency workers.

Police in Idaho's largest city, Boise, enforced similar rules last month.

The Boise Police Department barred employees from using phones and other devices to text or e-mail while driving agency vehicles, saying it sets a good example for all drivers.
      

      
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