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    We must admit that there are not flocks of Idaho drivers who hunker down with the Idaho Code for some easy reading. But if you have received a traffic citation, you may have come across references to the vehicle code, numbers that coincide with the state laws that pertain to motorists and the vehicles they operate.

    While the read may be a dry one, the information contained in these codes has been set in place to get all of us on the same page when it comes to the laws of the road. The code is designed to keep safe the motorists and pedestrians (as well as their property) who share the road, and clearly spell out for us those laws that protect us.

    The code includes details on a variety of vehicle-related information, from the rules of driving and roadways to regulations on the sale of vehicles, dealers, and even traffic school. The info is so extensive, often much more detailed than what you'll receive in driver education courses, that the dry, legal language is necessary to help clearly describe state rules and regulations.

    As you peruse the chapter titles online, you may find that what you are looking for doesn't quite match the categories listed. Or, you may find several chapters that could potentially hold information that pertains to the topic you are trying to read about. There are more than 20,000 documents, so, thankfully, the Idaho Legislature has added a simple search function to its website that takes all the guesswork out of nailing down the appropriate information.

    How to Search the Vehicle Code

    The site allows you to search either Idaho Statutes, Idaho Constitution, or both. Simply enter a word or phrase (separated by commas) into the search field provided and click on "submit." The search engine will match your entry as well as stemmed variations of the words or phrases you submitted.

    The search is not case sensitive, so don't worry about capitalization, unless you are searching for abbreviations or acronyms. But since there are so many documents to search through, you may find yourself waiting several minutes for your results to be displayed.

    If you wish to have the search engine only look up a specific term, put it in quotation marks. Use double quotation marks for those entries that have unusual characters (for example, S&L). Again, the search will include any variations of your word or phrase with and without the unusual character.

    If you know the specific number that coincides with a code you are researching, you will have an easy time locating it online among the 36 chapters of traffic information. Just be sure you include all hyphens and letters when typing the code into the search field.

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