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Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Kids cross the street in the school zone as the sign flashes and cars stop near Orem elementary school on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.

SALT LAKE CITY — Parents will still be able to make phone calls in the car when they pick up their kids from school.

Rep. Dixon Pitcher, R-Ogden, presented HB220 to the House Transportation Committee on Friday to ban the physical use of cellphones by a driver in a reduced-speed zone.

"We ask that if you are in a school zone that you do not use a handheld device," he said.

Pitcher specified that his his bill was "very narrowly" focused on school zones.

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Rep. Justin Fawson, R-North Ogden, asked why the bill does not ban other distracting behaviors like putting on makeup or eating a hamburger.

Pitcher said cellphones are such a part of everyday life that it needed to be the focus of the bill.

"This is the culprate of culprates," he said.

Fawson said he was concerned about the enforcability of the bill.

Heather Williamson, a mother of four kids who attend public schools, spoke during the hearing, saying the bill had her "a little concerned because I would be a criminal" for using her phone.

The committee voted 8-0 to hold the bill.