July 1: Hands-Free Cell Phone Law Goes into Effect Throughout Idaho

News Release | Idaho State Police

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Beginning Wednesday, July 1, 2020, drivers throughout Idaho will recommit to safe, responsible driving by following a new law meant to keep drivers engaged while behind the wheel.
The new Idaho State Code 49-1401A requires electronic devices be in hands-free mode while driving, including when stopped at a red light or stop sign. In other words, with few exceptions, the new hands-free device law makes holding a cell phone illegal while operating a vehicle.

Lewiston Warns Against Use Of Illegal Fireworks

Public Information Officer | City of Lewiston

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City Of Lewiston would like to remind you to:


Don't let illegal fireworks and carelessness ruin your July 4th celebration! Be smart, be safe and celebrate responsibly. Anyone cited for fireworks violations may be faced with a fine up to $999 and up to 6 months in jail. CONTACT US WITH QUESTIONS Please call the Lewiston Police Department’s non-emergency line at (208) 746-0171 if you observe illegal activity.

Avista Boosts Public Safety With Enhanced Wildfire Resiliency Plan

News Release | Avista Corporation

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SPOKANE, Wash., June 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avista is implementing additional measures to enhance its ability to mitigate the potential for, and impact of, wildfires within its service territories. Building on prevention and response strategies that have been in place many years, the Company has committed to a new comprehensive 10-year Wildfire Resiliency Plan that includes improved defense strategies and operating practices for a more resilient system.

Inslee and Wiesman Announce Pause on County Progressions to Phase 4

News Release | WA Gov. Inslee Press Updates

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Gov. Jay Inslee and Sec. John Wiesman announced the Washington State Department of Health is putting a pause on counties moving to Phase 4 though the “Safe Start” phased approach. Rising cases across the state and concerns about continued spread of the COVID virus have made Phase 4, which would essentially mean no restrictions, impossible at this time. 

Statement from Chief John R. Batiste on the Need for Occasional Roadway Closures

Public Statement | Washington State Patrol

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We have heard from many frustrated citizens regarding the traffic disruptions caused by the temporary closures of the freeway due to protests. First, let me say thank you for reaching out to us. We are public servants responsible for safety and the enforcement of our state’s laws and while we always try to satisfy the legitimate concerns of those we serve, in this case I’m afraid our response will not be totally satisfying to all.


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