Road Safety

Hands-Free Cell Phone Law Goes into Effect Throughout Idaho on July 1, 2020.

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 to 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 law makes holding a cell phone illegal while operating a vehicle. 

The law is intended to “address safety concerns associated with a significant portion of distracted driving crashes.”

Hands-Free Fact Sheet



Winter Driving Safety. 

Even the most seasoned Idaho driver can benefit from a few reminders on safe winter driving tips. ISP has compiled some winter driving safety tips.

Look Before You Lock to keep kids and pets safe during the summer heat.

Parents – in summer weather, it only takes a few minutes for temperatures inside vehicles to reach over 100 degrees, placing children (and pets) at risk for heatstroke.  Take a few extra minutes every time you leave your vehicle to Look Before You Lock. 

You can download a free coloring page to help remind you always Look Before You Lock. 

Look Before You Lock Coloring Page

More tips to help avoid child heatstroke are available from the National Highway & Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Tips to Avoid Child Heatstroke









Hey Kids! Learn Safety Lessons with Trooper Teddy!

Trooper Teddy Cover Image

See our Trooper Teddy Coloring Book

Let Trooper Teddy teach your kids about everything from safety while walking, bicycling, skateboarding, riding in a car, stranger danger, the dangers of guns, drugs, and holiday safety with this downloadable coloring book.

Great for parents, teachers, and others who work with children. Download the entire 19-page book as a .pdf file or each individual page as a .jpg image.

Entire Book (5MB) | Cover | Meet Trooper Teddy | Officers are friends | Our cars | Bike safety | Walking Safety | Safety at Play | Off to School | Skateboard Safety | Crossing the street | Stranger Danger | Say No to Drugs | Beware of Guns | Danger of Canals and Rivers | Seatbelt Safety | Fireworks | A Safe Halloween | Color the ISP Patch | Junior Trooper Pledge and Certificate

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Need a reason to Buckle Up?

Listen to this radio spot featuring Idaho State Police Trooper Shawn Klitch (.mp3 format)

Idaho’s updated seat belt law is in effect and troopers are citing unbuckled motorists.

Click it…Don’t Risk a citation…or worse!

What does the law say? –

Information Flyer

View/download the poster

View/download the billboard

(To view, click the link. To download, right-click and choose “Save Target as.”  Files are in Adobe Acrobat .PDF format)

Photo - Buckle up your Kids!Precious Cargo! Handle with Care!

Are you Safely Buckling up your Kids?

Read The USAA Educational Foundation’s guide on installing child safety seats

Also – Links to:


Idaho Road Report
Check the conditions before you head out to brave them!

Motor Vehicle Laws
Title 49 of Idaho’s Statutes covers driver’s licenses, accidents, car dealers and more.

Idaho Transportation Department
Information and resources related to Idaho roads and driving. The Division
of Motor Vehicles
contains some especially helpful information regarding
driver, vehicle and motor carrier services.

ISP Patrol and You

Common Questions for Patrol
Answers to some of the questions we hear frequently relating to trooper stops, Idaho motor laws, and dealing with tickets.

Contact your local patrol office, comb through the helpful links, and meet the people in Idaho patrol!

Semi-Trucks, Safety and Professional Drivers

Commercial Vehicle Safety
Learn about Idaho’s guidelines and regulations for professional drivers.


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