If you are one of those who think the coppers are ignoring enforcement of the “no texting law,” think again.
The GUARDIAN has obtained data from Fourth District Traffic Court showing that 1866 tickets were issued in Ada County alone in 2021.
Here is a breakdown of the enforcement actions.
Boise City PD–961
Eagle City PD–32
Garden City PD–193
Kuna City PD–1
Meridian City PD–336
Star City Police Department–1
Total Citations Issued in Ada County–1866
The “hands free” law for electronic devices applies even when you are stopped in traffic at a light or stop sign. The GUARDIAN monitors the fatal crashes from the Idaho State Police and a horrifying number of crashes report, “The driver crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming vehicle.” Many of those reports detail the driver first went off the right side of the road, and over-corrected.
While the cause is seldom listed as “inattention or distracted driving,” the results often indicate otherwise.
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