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New Texting Law, July 4th, and Dog Leash Ordinance
writes, "I'm not sure if you feel the same as I do but I can't believe how fast the summer is flying by... I have a couple of things I'd like to inform you about for this Month."
The first thing to cover is the new texting law that goes into effect July 1, 2012. A copy of the new law can be found at the following url: http://legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2012/S1274.pdf

A couple of highlights for the new law are the following:
- $81.50 infraction
- Primary offense means that you can be stopped just for texting
- It is a non-moving violation so no points are associated with it
- Vehicle must be moving for a violation to occur
- GPS and Internet issues are not specifically covered, however; those could reach a level of inattentive driving

We will help educate the public on the new law but would ask that you pass this information along as well.

The 4th of July is right around the corner, and is a great time to celebrate with friends and family. I encourage you all to be safe and have fun! We receive a lot of illegal fireworks calls around this time of year and the reason people call is due to the extremely high fire danger and the proximity of the foothills to our great City. We also have some subdivisions that have wood shake roofs which is also a big fire concern, so please be careful.

There have been some complaints lately of dogs being off leash in the parks throughout the City. The City ordinance that pertains to this is 4-5-2: NUISANCE:

It shall be unlawful for any person or persons keeping, harboring, possessing, caring for or having any custodial duties over any animal to fail to exercise proper care and control of such animal to prevent it from becoming a public nuisance. Such person or persons shall be guilty of allowing such animal to become a public nuisance when the animal:

A. Makes excessive, continuous, or untimely barking or other noise;
B. Molests pedestrians or chases motor vehicles;
C. Trespasses upon public or private property in such a manner as to damage the property; (Ord. 369, 5-30-2000)
D. Discharges feces upon public property or private property without the consent of the owner of such property; or
E. Is repeatedly at large.
F. No person owning or having the care, custody, possession or control of a dog shall:
1. Fail to have in his/her possession the equipment necessary to remove his/her dog's fecal matter when accompanied by said dog in any park or public pathway.
2. Fail to remove the fecal matter deposited by his/her dog in any park or public pathway before the owner leaves the immediate area where the fecal matter was deposited.
G. No person owning or having the care, custody, possession, or control of a dog shall permit or allow such dog to enter the playground/water feature areas at any municipal park at any time.
H. This section shall not apply to:
1. Police officers and their service animals during the official performance of their duties;
2. Handlers of search and rescue animals during the official performance of their duties; or
3. Persons with disabilities utilizing assistance animals. (Ord. 447, 5-13-2003)

We would ask that you have in your possession a leash and not allow your dog to run at large. We have a contract with the Animal Humane Society and they handle most, if not all of our dog complaints. The phone number for the Humane Society is 208) 342-3508.

Please have a fun and safe time this month!

Dana Borgquist
Eagle Chief of Police


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