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Central Idaho county to enforce cellphone driving ban

A driver uses her mobile phone Wednesday, June 22, 2016, while sitting in traffic in Sacramento, Calif. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP)
A driver uses her mobile phone Wednesday, June 22, 2016, while sitting in traffic in Sacramento, Calif. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP)
Associated Press

KETCHUM, Idaho – Central Idaho authorities in Blaine County say a county ordinance approved in 2016 making it illegal to use a hand-held device while driving will be enforced starting this summer.

Blaine County Sheriff Steve Harkins tells the Idaho Mountain Express in a story Friday that numerous cellphone ordinance signs have been installed in the county and deputies will start handing out citations instead of warnings.

The fine is $100.

The ordinance applies to roads outside city limits. But Hailey and Ketchum have their own cellphone bans while driving.

Harkins said distracted driving is dangerous and his agency has seen too many accidents where cellphone use was the likely cause.

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