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GHSA News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2012

Contact: Jonathan Adkins
(202)789-0942, x13
(202)669-9746 (cell)

Idaho Brings Number of States Banning Texting While Driving to 37

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Governors Highway Safety Association commends Idaho for becoming the 37th state to enact a texting while driving ban. The distracted driving bill was signed into law by Governor Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter yesterday and goes into effect July 1 of this year.

The texting ban is primary enforcement, meaning that law enforcement officers can ticket a driver for texting while driving without any other traffic offense taking place.

The Idaho Office of Highway Safety reports that distracted driving contributed to one out of every five crashes in the state between 2007 and 2009. With the right combination of education and enforcement, this new law can help keep Idaho's roads safer for all.

GHSA supports state legislation to ban text messaging and reminds all drivers to use common sense and put down their phone while driving, regardless of the current law in their state.

Find all state distracted driving laws at: www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/cellphone_laws.html.

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