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Published: Saturday, May 10 2014 2:40 p.m. MDT

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BU52
Provo, ut

Baby steps to a more complete police state. Pass laws that allow great capriciousness by the enforcing officer and pretty soon we just learn to accept their authority, but what can you do with a legislature which like a hammer sees everything as a nail. Hopefully the courts can exercise some sense and restraint, but I'm not holding my breath.

GSnow20
Vernal, UT

@ JapanCougar

This is not a good law, it is only more confusing. You can still do some things like look up contact info, or use GPS, or use voice commands, but not text. I can send a text using "Siri", and never take my eyes off the road. So did I just break the law. We don't need any more laws, just people with some common sense.

@ Dave Duncan

I was thinking the same thing as you. This Schappler college kid gets in a fender bender from using GPS, and it is still lawful to use GPS. I'm not sure he was the best example to use in this story. By the way Mr. Schappler, if you need a law for motivation not to text etc while driving, then what's next ? A law to motivate you do get your home work done ?

@Mom

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY MOM
I LOVE YOU !

JSB
Sugar City, ID

I'm glad this law exists. It's not perfect but I hope it will help. I don't see why it is so hard for a person to refrain from using a cell phone while they are driving. I don't make phone calls while driving and if I get a call I don't answer it until I get a chance to pull off the road and return the call. Is that so difficult?

Alfred
Phoenix, AZ

Mr. Informative: "This will become a revenue generator."

Cops (city/state/county) already have revenue generators not being used... Called ticketing speeders and tailgaters. It will also save lives way more then the stupid distracted driving law.

spinner
carlsbad, NM

OK, while I understand the importance of the message I have to cringe of the misuse of the English language in the text of the message. I am referring to the word your as in possive the case vs you are contracted to you're. Is the author really writing this or quoting a written statement from the police officer? If the author wrote this and used "your" meaning you are then shame on the author. If the police officer wrote your instead of you are or you're then shame on him. There are quite a few of us out there who notice this type of error and just grit our teeth. Keep up your quality of writing please.

EJH
Lindon, UT

This law frustrates me so much. First of all, I am shocked that in a relatively conservative state such as Utah, we has such an invasive law. Sometimes I can't find the button to turn on my back window wiper, so I have to look down, so should that be illegal? I look back in the rear view mirror occasionally to acknowledge one of my kids, so should that be illegal? What line do they draw to what I can and can't do? When will it become even more invasive in our lives? You can tell how hard it is to draw the line because they allow somethings, like GPS (which I would need to look at a whole lot more) which are much more complicated than me pushing my speed dial.
Second, there are distractions all around. I find I am actually more focused when talking on the phone because if not I am looking at all the buildings and billboards around more.
I just hope they don't keep pushing further into our lives until more and more of what we do is dictated by the government.

NorthOfHere
Rexburg, ID

Being from out of state, whenever I travel on Utah's roads I say a fervent prayer for protection.

Utah is infamous for dangerous drivers. There is a texting problem, granted. However, I feel like some of the biggest problems are excessive speed, tailgating, aggressive lane changes and an all-out disregard for human life via an "out of my way, grandma" mentality. When a motorist going the speed limit is frequently passed as if they aren't moving, tailgated and cut-off and in general fearing for their life, the problem isn't texting. I realize the UHP would be extremely busy if they "got" everyone who was engaging in such driving practices, but what are they there for?

Things can be done to curb the travel dangers in Utah. This law may mean well, but doesn't target the more pressing problems. Clear guidelines for penalizing speeding and otherwise dangerous/reckless driving should be communicated and then enforced. Fines should be increased. The result will be less fatalities and then Utah's legislature can then focus on texting while driving.

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