Texting and driving, even talking on the phone without blue tooth or another hands-free device is illegal in the state of Idaho as of July 1st.

Here it is, straight from the horses mouth. According to Idaho.gov:

"To prohibit persons from operating a motor vehicle while watching certain motion upon the screen of a mobile electronic device, to provide penalties..."

You can read the bill in its entirety here. The law calls for a $75 fine for the first offense and a $150 fine for a second offense in a three-year period. Each offence beyond that will be fined at $300.

The bill also gives you some time to change your habits as the law takes effect as of Wednesday, July 1st, 2020, only warnings will be issued until January 1st, 2021. At that point, the fines and penalties will begin.

Now this is the state's official law, some cities, like Boise and Meridian, have already put their own laws in place.

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