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Bill banning texting while driving heads to Idaho governor

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation banning texting while driving but allowing hands-free uses such as talking or using the navigation function of an electronic mobile device headed to the governor on Thursday.


The Senate voted 24-7 to approve the legislation backers say will save lives.

Opponents said individuals should be left to decide how they want to use such devices while driving.


The legislation permits one-touch operations of devices for such things as answering or ending a call.


There’s also an exception in the legislation for agriculture workers when using mobile devices while driving.


Emergency responders are also exempt as are individuals making an emergency call.


A first-time infraction could result in a fine of $75.


The measure passed the House 49-21.


Bill banning texting while driving heads to Idaho governor

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