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Published: Monday, May 13 2013 6:00 a.m. MDT

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Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

A $25 fine with no points on the record is like a slight slap on the wrist. Studies show that texting and driving is as dangerous as driving drunk, and this is the penalty? I've nearly been hit several times in the last couple of days by drivers on cell phones.

It's ironic that someone going 75mph on I-15 can get a speeding ticket that results in hundreds of dollars (for the fine and the insurance rate increase) as well as several points on a driving record while someone texting or talking (which can be dangerous as well) while driving goes away with a slap on the wrist. In my opinion, in general speeding is much less dangerous than cell-phone use.

I don't recall almost getting hit because someone was going too fast, but I often see near-collisions because someone drifts out of their lane because they're on their cell phone.


I agree with Riverton Cougar, using a cell phone while driving is much more dangerous than typical speeding and we need to reflect that in the laws, instruction and behavior.

Dumb Question Asker

Why limit it to just teenagers. The adults are just as bad. It is amazing how many people are on the phone as you watch cars go through the intersections. If we are going to drive we need to focus all our attention on driving.

Provo, UT

This law should have included everyone! I see far more young mothers with the phone glued to their ears, than I've ever seen Teens on the phone while driving around.

Quiet Neighborhood, UT

Why not apply it to older drivers? Well, lets take it a step further. Lets give tickets if adults have their windows or convertible top down. Lets give tickets for those that have music on or talk radio or that are using a cb radio. Lets give tickets for adults that have others in their car.

Growing up I rode in the back of trucks, but now I have to pass a 200-point, 3-day NASA checklist to get my family to a destination 2 blocks away. Laws may save some lives, but common sense saves a lot more.

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

This law should have not had an age cut off. If someone hits me or a loved one while texting, I don't really care what that person's age is. They should be held responsible. $25 dollars is short of at least TWO zeros. Fine violators up to $2500 for failing to safely operate a vehicle or suspend the license.

J Thompson

What a bunch of nonsense!

If a teenager is allowed to talk to his parents, how is the police officer, who pulls him over, supposed to know whether that teenager is obeying the law or breaking it? Pulling someone over is dangerous, especially if the driver is a teenager with a cellphone at his ear!

What is the answer? I don't know. I travel between Springville and Salt Lake City almost daily. It's not uncommon to see MOST drivers holding a cellphone. Personally, I use a blue-tooth device so that my hands stay on the wheel, but even using that device divides my attention between driving and talking.

Perhaps the answer is to require those who talk on a cellphone to pull off the road while they talk.

Yes, teenagers have less experience handling a car, but they are not the only "distracted" drivers.

Layton, UT

16 months ago a federal law went into effect restricting drivers of commercial vehicles to hands free mobile phone use only, with an $1100 fine for each violation. Might be a good model for everyone to follow.

SomewhereIn, UT

200 word limit? Not enough for this topic.

Ban all cellphone use for anyone behind the wheel of a vehicle with the engine running. Period.

BYU Fan in DC
Washington, DC

In DC, if you are caught on a cell phone, regardless of your age, you get a $100 ticket right away. So, making this law for teens, makes no sense. Cell phones are distracting and fines for talking on them without a hands-free device should be outlawed nationwide.

Orem, UT

Like Driving Drunk

I understand this is a "test law," but it is ridiculous. Insurance companies have run tests and know that using a cell phone while driving produces driving impairment as though you were intoxicated. The fines and punishments should be the same. This is serious--not just a "test case" for teenagers. We need real legislation and legislators who will step up for the safety of all of us.

Jim Cobabe
Provo, UT

Nice idea, but unenforceable I'm afraid...

Salt Lake City, UT

Just more evidence of how ineffectual our state government is. And to think we were dumb enough to vote these bozos in.

Still a Mormon
Greenfield, IN

I think adults will be waived because there are many individuals who work from their vehicles. At any rate I support some pretty hefty laws when it comes to this issue.

Everett, 00

Ironic [and sad] that 3 little children were run over by a texting driver the same day this law goes into effect.


J Thompson
What a bunch of nonsense!

[Thanks for your continued short-sighted selfishness that ignores therefore promoting distracted dirivng that causes little children getting run over. I suppose it's only wrong to you if it's against the Word of Wisdom.]

Hey It's Me
Salt Lake City, UT

I was walking along 15th East the other day and a car was parked along the curb and there was a person inside texting (may I add a girl in her late teens or early 20's. Kudos to her and her good decision making. Why is there an age limit? Can't an adult cause an accident doing the same thing? Here is another question - Why can they talk to a parent? Does it really make a difference as to who they are talking to as to whether it is likely to be dangerous or cause an accident. Then the fine is absurd. I had to pay a 100.00 fine for my front tires being two inches past the stop line at a light. I guess it would have been better to run the light. Do our lawmakers have any common sense. I am an at home Grandma without a college degree, but I think I've got more smarts in the Common Sense Degree than lawmakers who have a piece of paper that say they are smart.

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