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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 16 2013 3:00 p.m. MST

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Fitz
Murray, UT

Is there anyone out there that has gotten a ticket or know someone who has gotten a ticker for texting while driving that was not related to an accident? It would seem the law that bans texting while driving is not enforced unless there is an accident. Why pass laws that aren't enforced? Maybe the question is how do you get traffic laws enforced even though there is not an accident?

Chris225
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@Fitz... it's impossible to enforce it. Unless there is a law stating no use of your phone while driving period, it's impossible for law enforcement to know whether you're making a call or sending a text at the time they see you.

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

Chris is correct, which is why there should be a total ban, for many reasons. One can google why the brain cannot do two tasks at once, i.e., talking on the phone and driving at the same time. It is akin to drunk driving!

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Maybe require those who purchase cell phone plans that include texting to have a device installed in their vehicle that intercepts the cell signal when the vehicle is turned on??? Then the driver cannot text while driving. This may be draconian, so maybe require it for anyone who has caused an accident while texting and driving, but that is closing the barn door after the cows have gone out.

Too bad people are so self-centered they think their call or text is more important than the safety of those around them.

JDL
Magna, UT

Let's just forbid persons who own cars to purchase cell phones. Sound ridicules? it's intended to. Let's restrict persons who have electricity in the house to own a screwdriver or a bobbie pin in the event a toddler sticks it in the socket. Sound ridicules? it's intended to.

People make poor choices every day and at times those choices have tragic unintended consequences. Every person alive has or will make many poor choices in their lives. In this case the driver is facing 2 felony counts and looking at a possible 20 years in prison not to mention financial ruin.

It is impossible for police to know when an offense is about to occur and it's not their duty to know.

I'm sorry for all involved in this deal but it's time people police themselves rather than expect the police to police all the people. I don't ever remember hearing that being dumb, stupid, or just not paying attention was or is against the law.

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