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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13 2013 6:35 p.m. MST

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David King
Layton, UT

Make the law applicable to all ages or don't do it at all. How would the state legislators like it if there were a law proposed that fined them an extra $100 for speeding? Does that make sense? One of the guarantees of America is supposed to be equal protection under the law. Don't tell others how to drive unless you're willing to live by the same laws yourself.

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

This law should be applied to everyone who drives, not just teenagers. No one can drive and text without being distracted! The brain simply does not multitask that way!

Mash76
Provo, UT

Agree, fines should be for anyone using their cell phone. I see plenty of so called older more experience drivers that can't drive and talk, eat, read, etc. This is not just young a young person problem it is everyones problem. I am way past my teens and strongly feel the stupid things should all be put away while driving.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Why only teens? Why not ALL drivers of any age?

I can't remember any time I've had a close call with a teen on the phone. But there have been many, many with adults phoning or texting. Two were even police officers in patrol cars.

This is the epitome of ludicrous lawmaking.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

This is foolish legislation.

One should not get a free pass to be a distracted driver...

just because they are old.

Let's all try, being accountable.

joseywales
Park City, UT

So ya, a few months ago a few friends and I set up a little cone course at a church parking lot. Our intent was to show just how bad kids could be at driving while texting or using their phones. While none of the teens passed without knocking over at least one cone, they all did significantly better than all of us parents. NO one should be using any device while attempting to drive. Period.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

We're all in agreement that this law should apply to all drivers and completely ban the use of cell phones while driving. Any distraction is hazardous to driving, even talking and using mapping hardware. Unless driver information is within drivers view through windshield than all device should be illegal. The state should push for federal legislation to force the auto industry to install HUD devices for driver information in vehicles using visual technology.

People in Utah want to drive like we have an autobahn then we should have and enforce the same laws and licensing restrictions. No eating, drinking, cell phones, and 3 year learning permits and privatize independent drivers testing before they can get a license.

Automobile homicides are not taken serious by law enforcment and appropriate fines that should become the property of the DMV and driver training to prevent cities from using citations as a revenue for local governments.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

I agree that texting and driving should be illegal and have penalties.

That said, no law will stop law people from texting while driving. Serial texters are still gonna drive and text. Does that mean that the laws are useless?

Isn't that the same logic used in the gun debate?

one old man
Ogden, UT

Let's all email our representatives in the legislature and urge that they include all drivers regardless of age.

joseywales
Park City, UT

JoeBlow, You're right. Cell phones kill people. I say we go after them with the same vigor that libs want guns. It's a great point. If all guns are bad because less than 1% use them for violence, then the same can easily be said about cell phones. Mark my words, some day someone will take out a bus full of kids while texting and driving.

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