Idaho senate kills anti-cell phone bill for drivers in close vote

A divided Idaho Senate on Tuesday killed legislation to ban statewide the use of handheld cell phones while driving, amid concerns over how it might affect farmers in aging pickups or why the state would single out one form of distracted driving over another. Sen. Jim Rice, R-Caldwell, the sponsor of the bill, said, “What this does is it actually protects the primary liberty that we exercise on our roads. The primary purpose on our roads is to exercise our right to travel. … That’s what we design roads for, that’s what their primary use is.”