TWIN FALLS -- The Twin Falls city council approved the ban on texting while driving over the summer, but Friday Twin Falls Police started their enforcement of the city-wide ban. This is the first of its kind in Idaho.

Looking out for drivers that are texting will be just one more thing Twin Falls Police will be looking out for.

We do see it as a problem, people texing while driving, said Twin Falls Traffic Officer Ken Weismore.

Officer Ken Weismore says in his seven and a half years on the job, he's responded to a number of crashes because of inattentive driving.

I think we've all done stuff when our attention is taken away and we look back up and we narrowly avoid or get into an accident, said Twin Falls Councilman Greg Lanting.

Greg Lanting is the Twin Falls Councilman who spearheaded this ordinance. He says it's all about keeping the roadways safe.

Texting is just one of those things it takes both your eyes and your thought processes to do it -- you have to be thinking about what you want to say so it really does distract you, said Lanting.

Lanting says the city has advertised the upcoming change to residents for months.

We've been doing press releases, we've sent out things in the water bill just making sure people knew it was going to be coming into effect. And I really believe our Police Department, for the first month at least, is just going to be issuing warnings at this point, just so everyone understands that it's a new law and don t want to catch anyone by surprise, said Lanting.

The ordinance states that drivers cannot text, e-mail, instant message or send any type of text based message with their phone, it is however legal to dial and make phone calls, which some argue could be difficult to police.

A lot of people think this is a great idea, while there's others saying there's no way you can enforce it, said Officer Weismore.

Although Weismore and Lanting say there are those who are skeptical of the effectiveness of the ordinance, they're hopeful it will raise awareness and change drivers habits.

Statistically with any law change, 85 percent of all drivers will naturally change their driving habits and it's the 15 percent that we go out and do enforcement with, said Officer Weismore.

Now if you are found texting while driving it could cost a $50 dollar ticket. It is also an infraction which will go against your driving record.

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