- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

HAILEY, Idaho (AP) - A county in Idaho is enforcing a new ban on using smartphones while driving.

The Time-News reports (https://bit.ly/2hiLvYC ) that Blaine County commissioners passed an ordinance in November that banned the use of a hand-held electronic mobile device while driving. The offense is punishable by a $100 fine.

State law bans texting while driving but not other uses of a smartphone. Using a hands-free device is legal.

Chief Deputy Steven Harkins says deputies have already started stopping drivers for using their phones and educating them about the new ban. He says officers are writing tickets if necessary.

Harkins was elected sheriff in November and will take on the new role in January.

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Information from: The Times-News, https://www.magicvalley.com


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