Legislators can clear up confusion over cellphone bans in Idaho with statewide law

Imagine for a minute that you’re talking on your cellphone while you’re driving your car down Fairview Avenue in Boise. You hit Cloverdale Road, and you realize you’d better put your phone down, because in a half-mile, you’re going to be within Meridian city limits, where talking on your handheld cellphone will be illegal come January.

That’s because Meridian City Council members voted last month to ban handheld cellphone use while driving, making it the seventh city in Idaho to do so.

You turn north onto Eagle Road, cross over Ustick and suddenly you’re back in Boise, making it OK to talk on your phone again. Turn left onto McMillan, and you’ll go in and out of Meridian and unincorporated Ada County for several miles.