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SR: Why Drivers Ignore Cell Law

Two things have become clear since Washington state lawmakers passed a law banning the use of hand-held cell phones while driving:1. Many drivers are still unaware of the law. 2. Many drivers are unconcerned about being ticketed because it is a secondary offense, meaning officers cannot issue tickets unless the driver was pulled over for something else. Even with the dangerous road conditions, many motorists can’t resist yakking on the phone. The problem with the law is that its authors didn’t take the offense seriously enough to begin with/SR Editorial Board.

Question: Should Idaho ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving and/or should such an offense be a primary rather than secondary one?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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