Sandpoint Bans ALL Cellphone Use While Driving - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Sandpoint Bans ALL Cellphone Use While Driving

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) - The Sandpoint City Council has passed a ban on texting and cellphone use while driving.

A violation will carry a $10 fine and be a secondary offense, meaning that police officers will need another infraction such as speeding to justify a traffic stop.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports (http://bit.ly/qqJUoe ) that the council passed the ban Thursday after months of draft ordinances and public comment.

Council member Carrie Logan initially proposed limiting the ban to texting while driving, but the final ordinance restricts all mobile device use while driving.

The change addresses concerns by Sandpoint Police Chief Mark Lockwood that proving a driver was specifically texting could be difficult to prove.


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