It took three years to get the 2012 ban on texting for all drivers passed in Idaho, so AAA Idaho's Dave Carlson acknowledges his group faces a considerable hurdle in getting the law amended in 2013.
"It don't know if it'll fly, but we're talking it up," said Carlson, AAA Idaho's director of public affairs.
The wrinkle pitched by AAA would add a ban on the use of cell phones for voice conversations, but only for drivers 18 and younger.
Carlson said the long wrangle over texting -- which was blocked by then-Idaho representative and now-Congressman Raul Labrador in 2010 -- leaves lawmakers skeptical about another change. "I think they're a little bit gun shy," Carlson said.
But ordinary Idahoans like the idea, Carlson said, citing a November 2012 survey of 426 voters by Riley Research Associates of Portland. The poll has a margin of error of 5 percent.
"The survey shows Idahoans believe there's more to be done, especially as it relates to the state's youngest drivers," Carlson said.
The survey found 88 percent of respondents supported legislating a ban on both texting and talking for novice drivers 18 and younger.