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Idaho Town To Outlaw Texting While Driving

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Twin Falls is banning texting while driving, enacting at the city level what the Idaho Legislature failed to do for the whole state during the 2010 session.

The southern Idaho farming town's council voted Monday to slap  drivers with a $50 fine if they're caught using cell phones and other handheld devices to text or e-mail while driving. The measure takes effect Oct. 1.

In the 2010 Legislature, lawmakers failed to agree on a statewide prohibition.

Since then, similar measures are now taking hold in pockets of the state.

For instance, police in Boise last month barred the agency's employees from using phones and other devices to text or e-mail while driving agency vehicles. They said it sets a good example for all drivers.

      
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