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Published: Monday, May 12 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Maudine
SLC, UT

While I agree that we should work to reduce/eliminate distracted driving, very little if what is mentioned in this letter has to do with cell phones - and since accidents occur without cell phones, eliminating cell phones will not eliminate accidents.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

I suspect this law, or even a more stringent one, will have little effect on distracted driving.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

IMO...

1. Driving when distracted is bad.

2. Laws can't keep us from driving when distracted (100% of the time).

3. The police can't enforce it (100% of the time).

4. If it's not 100% of the time... it won't prevent 100% of the accidents.

Continuing to have what percent of these accidents and close-calls is acceptable? (to you)

Conclusion:
- Only you can prevent it (for you) 100% of the time

- Even IF there is a law... YOU have to obey the law and put the phone away for it to work.

- So no matter how you look at it... YOU... have to put your phone away for it to work.
The Government can't do it for you.

- You can put your phone away (whether it's the law or not).

- Same goes for seat belts, Air Pollution, and pretty much everything in our lives..

The big question is... You won't do it to save your own life, or someone you love's life, or some innocent person you may injure's life... but you would do it if somebody passed a LAW saying you can't do it anymore???

I totally don't get that mind-set...

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

Let's just make driving while operating a hand-held cell phone illegal. I think it certainly would prevent many accidents.

People can pull over to make, take, or return a call, or they can use a hands-free phone.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Make it illegal... or don't make it illegal.... they can't enforce it. Police can't be everywhere...

Only you can enforce this (by putting your phone away)... and you can enforce it whether it's illegal or not.

I say we all just put them away (legal or illegal). Then we don't have to wait for the legislature to do it for us before we start saving lives... we just start saving lives right here and now... TODAY!

Utefan60
Salt Lake City, UT

Sadly we all see texting drivers every single day. They don't care. In my neighborhood the Relief Society President is so busy texting, (along with speeding) that it has become a joke in the neighborhood. The sad part is one day, she is going to really hurt or kill someone with this type of continual distraction. BTW, she has received tickets for speeding in the neighborhood, but that doesn't stop her. So much for honoring and obeying the law.

It can't be enforced unless there is some pressure from neighbors, friends and family.

Just letting a family member or friend know it isn't OK to do it while you are riding with them can start to solve the problem.

wrz
Phoenix, AZ

"Lets really pass a law that means no using the cell phone while in the car. Maybe then we can stop accidents."

The way to stop accidents is for all drivers to drive the speed limit or less, stop weaving in and out of traffic, and stop tailgating. At break-neck speeds on freeways, accidents happen when drivers fail to obey traffic laws. Laws are set to assure safety for all, ALL drivers.

And, how do we get drivers to obey traffic laws? Ticketing. Come on cops, get out there and do the job you are paid to do.

It is macabre for both drivers and the Highway Patrol to trade human lives (deaths on freeways) for being able to arrive a minute or two early.

The Deuce
Livermore, CA

I have to agree with the author of this letter, in my opinion, Utah has the worst drivers on the road. They run red lights as if they were not there. They cut across lanes worse than any California driver I have ever been behind. I would think that all Utah drivers should have to go back and take drivers training again.

airnaut
Everett, 00

DWI - Driving While I-phoning

Being impaired, is being impaired - period.

Not looking, is worse than not seeing.

Some people think this is only a "Word of Wisdom" issue, but it's not.

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