In our opinion: Habits die hard


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  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    May 17, 2013 9:53 p.m.

    I can't understand what the issue is. If I am alone in my car and the phone rings, I just ignore it. Or if my wife is with me, she answers it. People who talk on the phone or text should get the same penalty as drunk driving and I no patience for drunk driving.

  • Capsaicin Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2013 11:44 a.m.

    Cell phone use doesn't need to be banned. Texting and driving are very possible when you're on the highway and you hold it on the steering wheel so you have peripheral vision and you spend no more than 2 seconds looking down at your phone. Try teaching that instead of blanket bans. In city driving...zero texting. And limit the amount of time spent looking for directions on google/apple maps.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 17, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    As it is, the use of phones in cars won't end, regardless of what laws are in place. What will slow it down, I think, is not any prohibition of cel phone use but the declining use of automobiles. Car ownership is declining among young people, apparently because of changing attitudes, environmental consciousness, stuff like that. Personally, I think it's because they're not motivated enough to have a job that provides and requires a vehicle, but whatever the reason, people who watch trends are predicting the decline of the prevalence of the automobile in our society. And that will reduce texting and driving.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 17, 2013 8:39 a.m.


    Just because we prioritize our problems doesn’t mean that we can ignore the low priorities.

    I have problems with my heart, high blood pressure, diabetes and a hangnail on my finger. While the pain from the hangnail is small, it requires attention and is easy to fix.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 17, 2013 8:16 a.m.

    Again. Improper use of the cell phone in moving vehicles could be controlled automatically and with a high degree of effectiveness, by the phone companies. I can only believe that the reluctance to pass such legislation is that the legislators cannot figure a way to profit from preventing texting while driving. Lives of people don’t seem to count.

    A law prohibiting texting while driving will have as much effect as the speed limit laws which are seldom obeyed.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    May 17, 2013 7:09 a.m.

    What great problems does America face? Illegal Drugs? Poverty? Corruption in government? Sliding moral values? Disrespect for life? Inferior education? Unsustainable spending?

    How high on that list is cell-phone usage while driving?

    The founding fathers prioritized "duties" in America. Those duties that could only be done when everyone pulled together were given to the Federal level. Other duties, depending on their difficulty were assigned to States, to Counties, and to Cities. All other duties were left to the people to handle for themselves.

    Talking on the cell-phone is something that does not need government oversight.

    Yes, people get hurt when the driver is not focused on driving. We also have courts that handle the aftermath of inattentive driving, just as we have courts that handle those whose dogs have injured others or whose swimming pool was not properly secured.

    We are here on earth to learn to control OURSELVES, not to be pawns of a government that controls our every move. Agency requires accountability. Agency is the greatest gift of God. He could spare us all pain, all suffering, all tragedy. He chooses to let us learn from our own actions. Maybe there is a lesson there.

  • WestGranger West Valley City, Utah
    May 17, 2013 6:23 a.m.

    We already have a distracted drivers law. Let's enforce it with people of all ages. If only 22% of the problem is teenagers, then why target them in a new law? Another old habit that needs to die is the passing of a law as a reaction to every major academic study, especially when we have existing laws that have adequately address the problem. It's politics over common sense. The legislature, in its well-intentioned crusade to help society, can, and often does, go too far.