Bill preventing all from being on the phone or texting while driving is needed

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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    March 4, 2013 12:15 p.m.

    We already have laws on the books that cover talking or texting on the phone while driving.

    The careless driving laws that we already have on the books covers this issue. Why do we need more laws to cover cell phones?

    Per Utah Code 41-6a-1715. Careless driving defined and prohibited. It clearly states that you are guilty of Careless Driving "using a wireless telephone or other electronic device unless the person is using hands-free talking and listening features while operating the motor vehicle."

    You can't text while using a hands free device, therefore texting is prohibited.

    What is needed is more awareness of the laws and enforcement of them, rather than more unenforced and unknown laws.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 4, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    Open Minded Mormon, I don't understand your comment.

    Last time I checked, the Word of Wisdom did not include cell phones and texting?

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    March 4, 2013 11:19 a.m.

    It's because public safety isn't the real issue being adressed.
    It's only an excuse or veiled attempt to impliment theocratic laws like the Word of Wisdom.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 4, 2013 7:55 a.m.

    Thank you, BJ Baugh for an excellent letter.

    I find myself wondering if our legislators' aversion to a law like this is because they would have to hang up and drive just like other drivers. Other than claiming they don't like the law because it "limits personal freedom," they have have offered no reasons for not passing something that would at least stand up against a serious threat.

    What really gets me, though, is that these are the same people who constantly seek to limit personal freedom in other laws they pass.