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City Drops Texting Ban-State Will Take Over

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(KLIX)- The city of Twin Falls led the charge against texting while driving. It passed the first ever ordinance in the state to target drivers who sent a text message while driving. Several other cities in the state pondered the idea and then state legislators decided to write one of their own. It passed the legislature and the governor signed it into law this year. Last night the city police department submitted a request to repeal the city ordinance on texting and driving because the its very similar to the state law. Twin Falls Police Captain Anthony Barnhart said there were very few differences. City council voted to get rid of the texting ordinance the first of July. At the same time the state law goes into effect across all of Idaho. Instead of a $50 dollar fine that the city imposed, drivers caught texting while driving will have to pay a $90  fine. Again the state law goes into effect July 1st.

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