Comments about ‘Bill targets teen cellphone use. But is it enough?’

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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 25 2012 8:00 p.m. MST

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one old man
Ogden, UT

No, it is not enough to target teenagers only. It won't be enough until adults are stopped from talking and texting while driving.

Colorado Springs, CO

Seem that people can't drive while chewing gum. A mother gets distracted by her baby or children, while driving. What you going to do ban the children from the vehicle? How about law enforcement, while looking at computer screens or talking on their radios. You think that isn't a distraction and dangerous? Then ban all communications equipment from vehicles. That includes radios, cd players, reading books and papers, putting on make up and combing hair. Why not just plain ban vehicle traveling all together. Wake up to the facts distractions are everywhere that we drive. The whole problem with this country can be found with laws that take freedoms away. If you can't handle distraction while driving stay off the road and quit driving. Otherwise learn how to drive without infringing on rights of the people by laws that become more and more controlling.

On the other hand
Spanish Fork, UT

Don't limit it to teens. Adults can't safely carry on a phone conversation while driving, either.

Taylorsville, UT

It must require all cell phones to be off in a vehicle, including all passengers because they are a lot of the distraction to a driver as well.

What is "very" disturbing is have a law enforcement vehicle or ambulance driver talking on a cell phone while performing their duties as martyrs and demigods serving the blue army and public trust. They too are in the typical phone pose while driving, left shoulder and arm and head propped against the left door panel and window with a blank stare on his face while maneuvering their vehicle proudly displaying the "Protect and Serve" slogan plastered on the car. While watching people run red lights (maybe) and near miss accidents (maybe), I can imagine his thoughts at that moment, "Too late to follow or apprehend, I'll catch them breaking the law next time". We can't fight the Blue Code and report these officer otherwise we become department targets every time.

This cell phone law has to apply to everyone except for emergency use with vehicle stopped and Eng turned off. This law should also block the use of GPS and TV Mapping display programs during vehicle operation.

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Every time I have been able to avoid a collision from a "drunk" texting//calling driver, the driver has been well over the targeted age in this bill. Cell phones just might be more dangerous than alcohol and should be illegal except when a vehicle is at a full stop or to call 911.

Salt Lake, Utah

wyoming and nevada have both passed laws prohibiting cell phone use while driving. how come we're lagging behind?

Miami Area, Fl

If we were debating a law against driving under the influence of alcohol, the comments would be 100% one sided.

And rightfully so.

So, why is it there there are some claiming govt interference when talking about a law banning texting while driving?

Studies have show that it is AT LEAST as dangerous as someone who has been drinking. Some studies suggest that it is significantly more dangerous.

Help me understand the disparity? Is it about safety or something more?

Rocket Science
Brigham City, UT


Your reasoning would suggest we need no driving laws at all.

A few years ago I attended a funeral of a friend who along with another person in his carpool, just as they were leaving Logan on their way to work one morning, were killed on their way to work by a driver who was texting. Was texting a distraction?

Texting while driving is now ilegal in UT.

Almost every evening while riding home in my carpool we comment about people who going way to slow for the freeway or who we see driving all over the place. Almost always they are on a cell phone or texting.

Are they not presenting a hazard to others?

Driving is a privilige and we all have a responsibility to do the best we can to avoid distractions. Obviously statistics and insurance data show cell phone usage has become a significant hazard. We have failed to police ourselves therefore a law is needed. Should your right to use a cell phone while driving supersede my friends right to live? You can delay your cell phone usage just a few minutes until you are not endangering anyone else.

Uncle Charles
Where freedom and liberty reign, utah

@Joe Blow: worry about your issues and the primary in Florida. I think people in Utah can take care of our own legislative issues.

It never ceases to amaze me how people outside Utah are so concerned with the things day to day in Utah.


someone should ask Mr Romero why just stop here with cell phones. It's impossible to legislate stupidity. Anyone see the Youtube hit from Bountiful with the crazy drivers during the last snow storm? We should have a law about that too!

It's impossible to legislate stupidity folks, absolutely impossible!

Centerville, UT

Why would you have a photo of an adult, not a teen, in a story about teen cell phone use. Lazy

Rocket Science
Brigham City, UT

California has a law banning all cell phone usage while driving. A couple of times when my brother who lives in CA has called me, after we have talked, he has said "well I better get going". I ask him what he is doing and where he is and inevitably he is has puleed into a parking lot and turned off his car before he called because he felt he needed to call me right then before he got home. He does it because it is safe and it is the law.

Would it be asking too much to do the same here?

Sandy, UT

@mtmanmc, Really. Why don't we go back in time when we didn't have cell phones. That will solve the problem or would it?

I had my guide dog guiding me to cross the street when some stupid person driving while talking on the cell phone and swearved around us. A bystander saw what happened.

Back then, all those things you mentioned are everyday things will go on forever (I think, if nobody want anymore children). You child haters. Of course you more likely to tell me to get off the street if I am on the cross walk like some people will tell those blind people or anyone! Oh, my guide dog di just fne getting me around sometime while my dog was CHEWING GUMS (Really)! :-))

Cell phones should be BANNED while a person is behind the wheel when the motor is running along with any other communication (gps, ipad, pc, etc.) devices (not children)!

Ms Molli
Bountiful, Utah

Rocket Science | 9:00 a.m. Jan. 26, 2012
Brigham City, UT
California has a law banning all cell phone usage while driving.

Not true, the CA law requires HANDS FREE cell phone use while driving.

Rocket Science
Brigham City, UT

Ms Molli:

Thanks you, I stand corrected if that is the case in CA.

Miami Area, Fl

"It never ceases to amaze me how people outside Utah are so concerned with the things day to day in Utah."

Lived in Utah many years Uncle. You live "where freedom and liberty reign" but I should not comment on these boards? Too funny.

I notice that you did not address my post. Guess its cause I don't live there.

Silent Lurker
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I agree with many of the comments here that we should have a total ban of cell phone usage while driving. Almost every time I come across someone driving erratically, slow or impeding traffic flow they are on a cell phone. I refuse to use one while driving because I believe it is dangerous, I do not like laws that infringe on others liberty, but some laws are for the safety of the whole and not just the convenience of the individual. Sadly for those who do not recognize this we need to have laws in force that promote safety and good judgement for everyone.

Well Read

Utah wake Up! It is just plain stupid to not ban ell phone use for ALL! Before cell phone we all did quite well. It is silly to think of banning cell phone use for the young and not for all adults.

We in Utah have fun telling the Federal government to stay out of our life - except when we want money!

Its time for the state of Utah to realize that the Federal is no longer the enemy. We have long since quit hiding our other wives from the feds! :-) We need to get over our fixation about the feds invading our lives. We in Utah are quick to ask for aid from the feds when an emergency happens - witness Davis county with the recent high winds.

Legislators - Ban cell phone use in cars for ALL or NO ONE!

Salt Lake City, UT

We do all live (and drive) in a world of distractions. No one is completely focused on their driving 100% of the time. Reasonably, any activity that requires you to take you eyes off of the road for more than a few seconds should be banned. Simply talking on a cell phone or to other passengers, listening to music etc. should not be placed in the same category as activities that divert your attention from the road.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: mtmanmc | 1:16 a.m. Jan. 26, 2012

Your reasoning would suggest that we loosen drunk driving laws because after all it does take away our freedoms. While we're at it perhaps we should eliminate traffic lights whose only purpose is to give the police an excuse to give us traffic tickets.

By-the-way, it has been proven that texting while driving quadruples your risk of crashing.

Salt Lake City, UT

'A proposed Senate bill, SB128, sponsored by Sen. Ross Romero, D-Salt Lake City, would ban the use of cellphones while driving for those under the age of 18...' - article

Because the guy in the photo...

is 'obiviously', under 18?

*Shakes head

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