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Published: Tuesday, March 25 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Lowonoil
Clearfield, UT

A complete ban of cell phone use while driving is just common sense, but I suspect that the telecommunications company lobbyists are hard at work behind the scenes to make sure that never happens.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Attitude is the only thing that's going to work.

Christopyer
Kingsport, TN

Talking on a cell phone, handsfree or not, is still a distraction.

Fooballguy
salt lake, UT

Technology is the answer. Hands free cell use works well since it does not require a person to take their eyes off the road, or hands off the wheel. It is no more a distraction than the radio. Audio texting and email can also be fine if you have it. Until you have these capabilities, stay off the phone. Please.

Clip the man
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

It really doesn't make sense to pass laws for only cell-phones. I've seen policemen in cars using large computer screens. It's really no different for a policeman to be on a computer or a walkie-talkie than for another person to be texting or talking on the phone. We need police-officers that set an example of safe driving.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

We don't need a new law or a new gadget. Just put your phone in your pocket when driving, and don't take it out.

When it rings the Pavlovian response will be to reach for it. But if it's hard to get to... before you can get it you will remember, "Is any call worth killing someone"? Because it can and does happen.

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I know we all THINK we can handle the phone and driving at the same time. And most of the time we can. But you never know when something unusual happens and being on your phone distracts you just long enough that you can't respond in time.

I have relatives who have had accidents reaching for their phones. Luckily it was just property damage. But if you can hit a tree when reaching for the phone on the passenger seat... you can hit a kid that runs out in front of you when you are reaching for it.

It's better to just ignore the phone and your friends totally while you are driving.
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WE don't need a law. We don't need a gadget. Just leave it in your pocket.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Clip the man,
Police have laptops in their cars, but they don't use them when driving. Have you ever seen a cop using his laptop WHILE he is driving?

Just because they have a laptop in their car does not mean it is distracting them.

Just having a laptop does not mean you use it while driving. I'm not against people HAVING a cell phone... just don't use it while you are driving!

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About keeping your phone in your pocket...

At semaphores GREEN means "go", RED means "stop".
A red light does not mean "Time to text".

Seems like as soon as people get stopped by a red light... the cell phones come out and they start reading and texting like crazy. And they get so engrossed that they don't notice when the light turns green. You almost have to wake them up and remind them they are still driving!

Put it in your pocket the whole time you are driving (even at red lights).

Not just in neighborhoods. Not just in heavy traffic. Not just when kids are around. In your pocket whenever the car is on.

cavetroll
SANDY, UT

@ 2bits

I couldn't agree with you more. Leave the thing in your pocket.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Many people think only "bad people" kill people with their cars.

I can assure you that many GOOD People have accidentally killed others by believing they can text/read/play with the phone while driving. Many GOOD people think it won't happen to them (until it does). Hundreds of times good people have taken their eyes off the road for just a second to find the phone... and nothing happened. It's those 100 times that nothing happened that make use secure enough that we are comfortable doing it the one time we shouldn't look away... and it happens.

There's no call that's worth that. It's not worth taking that risk.

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Technology can't stop us. Legislation can't stop us. Only WE can stop us.

Just put it in your pocket regardless of whether there's legislation or not, regardless of whether there's a gadget intended to stop you or not. If we can do that... every car is equipped with a safety device that will insure YOU are not involved in a distracted driving incident... YOU.

But I acknowledge that there will always be some who need the gadget or the law first..

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

I wish the State Legislation would do as much about texting while driving,
as they have about drinking and driving.

Texting "impairs" and "distracts" a driver far more than Blood Alcohol levels of 0.08%.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

OMM,
RE: "I wish the State Legislation would do as much about texting while driving,
as they have about drinking and driving"..

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Some reasons cell phones and drunk driving aren't equated (and aren't treated the same by legislation) is...

#1. Your cell phone only distracts you in short bursts, and only when you choose to let it distract you. Drunk drivers are a danger the whole time (not just when they decide to take their eyes off the road to check their cell phone). Every inch they drive they are impaired.

#2. There's no way to drive safe when you are drunk. It's possible to drive safe with a cell phone (just don't let it distract you).

We already have a "Distracted Driving" law in Utah (which covers texts and many other distractions). So to pretend we currently have no laws outlawing distracted driving is dishonest or uninformed.

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People need to realize that it's usually not the law that changes our behavior (drunk or distracted driving). It's ourselves, and our awareness of the risk.

If the risk of killing someone won't stop you... would the risk of getting a ticket??

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