Beginning Friday, January 1, 2021, drivers reported in violation of Idaho's "hands-free" device code risk receiving a citation.
Since July, Boise Police and law enforcement across the state have been working to educate motorists about the dangers of distracted driving and the state's new "hands-free" device law.
According to the Idaho Transportation Office of Highway Safety:
- 241 people were killed in Idaho in crashes attributed to distracted driving between 2014 and 2018.
- In 1 in 5 crashes in Idaho, distracted driving is a contributing factor.
"If you're texting or using a device, you're not driving," said ISP Sgt. Curt Sproat. "For a lot of people, devices have become a habit, but it's a very dangerous habit when we're driving. That's why the law is in place and if a citation is the incentive some drivers need to put the device down and focus on the road, officers now have that option."