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Texting Ban For Drivers Begins In Twin Falls

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Motorists in the southern Idaho city of Twin Falls starting Friday are breaking the law if they send text messages while driving.

Twin Falls Police Staff Sgt. Dennis Pullin says officers will be looking for drivers sending e-mails or text messages while behind the wheel.

The new ordinance allows police to pull over drivers for texting, needing no other reason and no sign of erratic driving.

The fine for texting while driving is $50, though that can jump to $300 if the violation includes inattentive driving.

The law exempts emergency personnel, who use on-board keyboards as part of their job.

Twin Falls police tell The Times-News it's legal to talk on phones while driving in the city, look for phone numbers, and use GPS devices.

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