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Bill banning texting while driving heads to Idaho governor

Mar. 19, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

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...

Utah Senate approves, tables ban on driver cellphone use

Mar. 5, 2020 7:21 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Senate voted for preliminary approval of a bill to ban hand-held cellphone use while driving. The bill received majority support in the 19-8 vote, but was tabled before final passage because the legislation would impact the budget, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. The bill...

Boise adopts hand-held phone ban for drivers

Mar. 4, 2020 2:02 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — It's now illegal to use a hand-held device while driving in Boise. The city council unanimously approved an ordinance banning hand-held cell phone use while driving during a meeting on Tuesday. The new rule means drivers in the capital city can't use phones or other electronic devices...

Utah House endorses bill to ban drivers' hand-held phone use

Feb. 25, 2020 6:09 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah House advanced a bill to help enforce laws banning the use of hand-held cellphones while driving. The House endorsed the bill and forwarded it to the Senate Monday, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Hand-held cellphone use while driving has been illegal in Utah since 2007 but...

Law barring cellphone use while driving takes effect Sunday

Feb. 22, 2020 10:41 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A law that bars drivers in Massachusetts from using hand-held cellphones behind the wheel takes effect Sunday, but motorists won't immediately face a fine if they're stopped by police. The law signed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in November brings Massachusetts in line with every other...

Lesa and Jeff Dahl of Castlewood testified about their son Jacob Dahl's death from distracted driving before the House Transportation Committee on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Lisa Kaczke/Argus Leader via AP)

Parents plead for tougher texting while driving penalties

Feb. 22, 2020 1:01 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Jacob William Dahl was a 19-year-old Northern State University student when he was killed after running into the back of a soybean truck while looking at his cellphone. Dahl, a 2013 graduate of Castlewood High School, was "the greatest kid in the world," his father Jeff Dahl said. Jacob...

Video shows driver in police vehicle texting behind wheel

Feb. 13, 2020 2:36 PM EST

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A video posted to Facebook has raised concerns after it showed a woman texting with both hands while driving in a police community service officer vehicle in Colorado. Texting while driving is prohibited under state law. The video posted Tuesday shows a woman driving a Loveland...

State Rep. John Carson, R-Marietta, presents the bill that would raise fines for distracted driving citations during a hearing before the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee Monday afternoon, Feb. 3, 2020, in Atlanta. The fine for a first offense would rise from $50 to up to $100. If approved, House Bill 113 would be the first change to the distracted driving law approved by lawmakers two years ago. The law prohibited motorists from handling their phones while driving. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Some leery of higher fines on Georgia drivers using phones

Feb. 3, 2020 7:06 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia drivers could face tougher penalties for using their cell phones while driving, although some lawmakers are leery of setting higher fines. The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee heard testimony Monday on House Bill 113, but delayed action until next week in the face...