Survey: Idahoans support cell phone ban for teen drivers

Survey: Idahoans support cell phone ban for teen drivers

Survey: Idahoans support cell phone ban for teen drivers

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by KTVB.COM

NWCN.com

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 24 at 1:19 PM

BOISE -- Teens who use cell phones behind the wheel could be subject to new regulation if state  lawmakers take cues from AAA Idaho.

A November survey by AAA found that 88% of Idahoans "would support legislative action to bank talking and texting on electronic devices for drivers 18 and younger."

Last year, Idaho's legislature took steps to ban texting and driving. The resulting law took effect in July of 2012.

Dave Carlson, AAA Idaho Public Affairs Director says the recent survey means members of the legislature may be ready to take the measure further, banning teens from using a cell phone behind the wheel.

“The survey shows Idahoans believe there’s more to be done, especially as it relates to the state’s youngest drivers,” said Dave Carlson.

According to AAA, Idaho crash data supports the contention that teens are overrepresented in fatal and injury crashes. Drivers 15-19 were 2.6 times as likely as all other drivers to be involved in a fatal or injury crash in 2011.

 

 

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