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Letter: Focused driving

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  • wrz Phoenix, AZ
    May 15, 2014 8:30 p.m.

    2 bits: "If I didn't see 100 people every day with their eyes on their phones while they were driving..."

    Sorry, 2 bits, but you should have your eyes on the road and not on other people who may or may not be looking at their phones. Just a thought.

    Utefan60: "The distracted drivers won't stop. Even with the new law we will see it continue which is sad."

    The speeders and tailgaters are the real killers, not cell phones... according to statistics of deaths on the highways.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    May 14, 2014 1:35 p.m.

    More nanny government which says that it hates big intrusive government but does the exact opposite.

    Yawn. Nothing more to see here folks.

    What we really need are a few letters to spice things up around here. Wake us up. Where's Jeff Green, Russell Bender, Oak Norton, and Frank Overfelt when ya need them?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 14, 2014 11:26 a.m.

    Good... Finally... it's the law! Now I can finally put my phone away.

    You couldn't put it down to say your life, or to save a loved one, or someone you may injure while texting and driving... but now that it's the law... FINALLY a good reason to put the phone away...

    This mindset is just too silly...

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    If you weren't willing to put it away for the list of good reasons above.... but you will because you MAY get a ticket. You people who needed the law first... are beyond my understanding.

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    A co-worker just told me it applies to ANYTHING in your hand. Including a note/reminder of an address/time for a meeting, driving directions, etc... if you pick ANYTHING up while operating a vehicle... you can get pulled over.

    Another co-worker says they have had it in California for a long time... and it's a great revenue source for the PDs... but safety has not been improved (statistically).

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    I hope we are happy we passed this law. Because we all know we couldn't put our phones down BEFORE it became the law....

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2014 10:19 a.m.

    The distracted drivers won't stop. Even with the new law we will see it continue which is sad. I hope that when people ride with a family member, a friend, or even a business associate that they will tell them to put their phone away. Texting while driving is all too common and dangerous.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 14, 2014 9:24 a.m.

    I've never actually seen an officer on his laptop while he was driving. But I guess it COULD happen... they probably get alerts and descriptions of suspects or vehicles they are looking for, etc, but I would HOPE those things come over the radio as well.

    But like I said... I've never actually seen an officer doing this. I see them on the side of the road using their laptops all the time... but not when driving.

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    If I didn't see 100 people every day with their eyes on their phones while they were driving, and never actually seen an officer doing what was reported or accidents from officers driving distracted... I'd be real concerned about officers driving distracted.

    I don't think officers are the real problem... we are...