Meridian, ID police chief has concerns about distracted driving bill, but wants a state law

Meridian Police Chief Jeff Lavey has concerns with provisions of Rep. Joe Palmer’s proposed distracted driving bill, but is glad he “got that dialog started Week 1” in the legislative session.

Lavey is only a week into full enforcement of Meridian’s new hands-free ordinance, which prohibits drivers from using a handheld cellphone while driving, and his department has issued 18 citations and 13 warnings during the seven-day period from Jan. 1 to Jan. 6.

“I like to be hopeful and say that I think we’re making a difference,” he told the Idaho Press on Thursday.