Bill fining teens for talking on the phone while driving passes House

Published: Monday, Feb. 25 2013 7:10 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would fine drivers under age 18 for talking on the phone while driving passed Monday in the House.

HB103, sponsored by Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry, would not prohibit teens from calling in medical emergencies, road hazards or criminal acts, or speaking with parents or legal guardians. No points would go on a teen's driving records for such violations.

“This gives us the ability to teach our young people, who are learning how to drive, the very best practices,” Perry said.

Rep. Johnny Anderson, R-Taylorsville, proposed the amendment to reduce the maximum fine from $50 to $25. Perry was in support of the amendment.

“I’ve spoken to the sponsor of this bill. He’s explained to me that he really wants this to be an educational bill for teenagers,” Anderson said. “I’d just like to make this education bill less expensive for them.”

Rachel Lowry

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