Driving Laws

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The Senate passed a bill Wednesday cracking down on slow vehicles impeding traffic on the highway.

Like the famous song, you could say Idaho residents like to live “Life In The Fast Lane.”

A fairly divided Idaho Senate voted 22 to 13 in favor of a bill making it illegal to block the flow of traffic in the fast lane for any extended period of time. Violators could face a fine of $90.

The legislation was initially introduced by  Representative Lance Clow (R-Twin Falls).

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A bill that would’ve made it illegal to operate a handheld device while driving failed to pass in the Idaho Senate following a lengthy debate.

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This week, a proposal to ban the use of handheld mobile devices while driving passed the Idaho Senate Transportation Committee overwhelmingly.

This is an encore interview with Matt Richtel.  It was originally broadcast in November, 2014.

We’ve all heard the message by now: Texting while driving is dangerous. Yet each year, texting is a factor in more than 280,000 automobile accidents in the United States. And texting behind the wheel has now surpassed drunk driving as the number one cause of death for teenagers in our country.

No More Texting, But What About Mapping While Driving?

Apr 9, 2012
Kevin Mooney

Beginning this summer, texting will be illegal for drivers across all three Northwest states. Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed a bill last week that outlaws texting while driving on Idaho roads. But in the age of the smartphone, text messages aren’t the only distraction on the tiny screen.

If you can’t text then all three states say it’s pretty clear that means you can’t send email in traffic either, or, for that matter, surf the web.  And there are already laws on the books that ban watching TV while driving, so that means YouTube is out.