I know this is a good thing, but it's going to take some getting used to. The city of Meridian has officially banned the use of hand-held devices while driving. 

This means you cannot use your cell-phone to get directions, you cannot talk on your phone, or hold any electronic device in any fashion while you are on the road or at a stoplight.

According to KTVB, Mayor Tammy De Weerd broke the 3-to-3 tie vote last night at the city council meeting last night.

The obvious intention is to keep the roads safer and to decrease road rage.

Idaho law already states that you can't text and drive.

Mayor Tammy De Weerd had this to say,

A lot of our accidents because of distracted driving, have been while a vehicle has been stopped and rear-ended because someone in front of them wasn't paying attention to the light turning green.

Officers say they will begin issuing $90 tickets in January. If you are pulled over between now and then for this infraction, you will most likely be educated about the new law and given a warning.