Crime Prevention tips of the week (1/13/2021) | News – City of Boise
Hands-Free Device Law:
Beginning Friday, January 1, 2021, drivers reported in violation of Idaho’s “hands-free” device code risk receiving a citation. Idaho’s hands-free device law requires electronic devices to be in hands-free mode while driving, including when stopped at a red light or stop sign. In other words, with few exceptions, the new hands-free law makes holding a cell phone illegal while operating a vehicle. Learn more about the Hands Free Device law here.
To avoid a citation, here are some things you can do:
- Pull over. If you are expecting a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a safe location. Once you are safely off the road and parked, it is safe to text;
- Designate your passenger as your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages;
- Activate your phone’s “Do Not Disturb” feature. You can also put your cell phone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat of your vehicle until you arrive at your destination if you are struggling not to use your device while driving.