Idaho’s Cellphone-Use & Texting-While-Driving Laws

Read about Idaho’s distracted driving laws and the costs of a violation.

In Idaho, it’s against the law to text message while driving. However, the state currently has no restrictions on cellphone calls while operating a vehicle.

Idaho’s Text-Messaging-While-Driving Ban

Idaho’s texting law is fairly straight forward. The law prohibits all drivers from texting while operating a moving motor vehicle. As used by the law, “texting” is defined as reviewing, preparing, or sending a written communication using a handheld wireless device. The law doesn’t restrict texting using an entirely hands-free or voice-operated device or device mode.

Penalties for Texting While Driving in Idaho

A texting violation is an infraction in Idaho. A ticket for one of these violations (assuming the driver is convicted) will normally lead to $81.50 in fines and fees. However, texting-while-driving isn’t considered a “moving violation” and won’t result in the assessment of traffic violation points.

Distracted Driving and Other Possible Charges

In certain circumstances, a texting-while-driving violation could lead to reckless or inattentive driving charges. And if a distracted driving offense contributes to the death of another person, vehicular homicide charges are a possibility.

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