Top Misconceptions of Idaho’s Texting While Driving Law.
Idaho’s texting while driving law was put on the books in 2012. Since that time several misconceptions have surfaced, becoming urban legend. The following list of misconceptions are addressed to provide clarity of Idaho’s texting while driving law.
1. You can go to jail for texting while drivingIdaho's texting while driving law is found in Idaho Code 49-1401A. This statute specifically provides that a violation of this code is an infraction. An infraction is punishable by a fine only and incarceration is not an option. Now, that being said, don't get too comfortable in thinking you can text and drive and avoid the hoosgow. Inattentive driving is very much an option to law enforcement to enforce should the circumstances warrant it. Inattentive driving, found in I.C. 49-1401(3), is when the conduct or the operator of a motor vehicle is inattentive, careless or imprudent, in light of the circumstances then existing, or in those cases where the danger to persons or property by the motor vehicle's operator conduct is slight. Inattentive Driving is a misdemeanor and the maximum potential penalties are a fine up to $300.00, 90 days in jail, or both.
2. If you are convicted of Texting While Driving you will get points on your driving recordThis is not true. Idaho Code 49-1401A specifically provides that a conviction of Texting While Driving shall not result in violation point counts.
3. A conviction of Texting While Driving is a moving violationNot true. This statute mandates that a conviction shall not be deemed a moving violation for the purpose of establishing rates for motor vehicle insurance.
ConclusionThere is no doubt that texting while driving significantly contributes to motor vehicle crashes and personal injuries. Times have changed and we live in an era where immediate information and responses is the norm and are expected. The key is to discipline yourself to make it wait. Do the text once you are stopped. Give the road and other motorists your full attention.