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Idaho Falls, ID – The City of Idaho Falls is considering language for an ordinance to prevent distracted driving in the city.
In the September 24, 2018 City Council Work Session, Councilman Jim Freeman introduced the proposal for an ordinance that would help cut down on distracted driving within the city. In the decision to introduce the ordinance, Freeman cited personal examples from his time as a city firefighter of accidents he witnessed due to cell phone use.
The state of Idaho has already enacted a ban on texting and driving; however, the new Idaho Falls ordinance would further limit the use of cell phones while driving and only allow for hands-free use while operating a vehicle within city limits.
The ordinance, as discussed in the work session, would have various allowances including for emergency responders as well as for residents using their phones for GPS guidance.
The city council is currently in the early stages of discussion regarding the ordinance, and council members have asked for additional local data. They also hope to receive residential input on the proposed ordinance.
City departments including Public Works and the Police Department will be assembling existing data on distracted driving. The city is encouraging residents to contact council members individually to provide thoughts and input on the ordinance.
Residents can go to the city’s website, www.idahofallsidaho.gov , to watch the video of the September 24 city council work session to learn more about the proposed ordinance. Residents are also encouraged to e-mail or call council members to express opinions and provide their input for the council as they prepare for further discussions on the proposed ordinance.
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Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, please contact the City of Idaho Falls Public Information Officer Bud Cranor at 702-526-8003