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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?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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