The Pocatello Police Department is in support of a Hands Free Ordinance that focuses on preventing distracted driving.

The ordinance would make texting or holding a cell phone while driving to be worthy of an infraction.

Cell phones would need to be voice-operated or in hands free mode.

The Pocatello Police Department says approximately 25 to 30 percent of all distracted driving tickets currently relate to cell phone use.

Cliff Kelley, Patrol Captain at the Pocatello Police Department said, "You don't need to see that text like right immediately when you hear it come up on your phone. You don't need to immediately answer that phone, wait until you have an opportunity and don't be distracted while you’re driving."

The City Council has authorized the Pocatello Police Department to move forward with the ordinance and more meetings will be held in the near future.


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