Bill fining teens for talking on the phone while driving passes House

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  • Guy Smiley of Utah St. George, UT
    March 8, 2013 1:12 p.m.

    All drivers should face consequences for texting and talking on the phone while driving. Patrol officers often seem oblivious to drivers whe are not paying attention and placing others at risk. It is getting more dangerous out there for those in autos and pedestrians as well!

  • Guy Smiley of Utah St. George, UT
    March 8, 2013 1:06 p.m.

    Why apply consequences for texting & talking on a cell phone to only drivers under 18? I see more of this careless behavior in older drivers than teens. It seems the patrol officers are blind. The lack of attention (weaving, driving too slow, etc.) is obvious when a driver is texting or on the phone. It is getting more risky all the time to be on the highway in a car OR as a pedestrian!

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 10:58 a.m.

    It used to be that when I saw someone weaving in the lane ahead, driving 45 in a 65 mph zone, running a red light or stop sign, not proceeding on a green light or abruptly crossing 2-3 lanes to exit on I-215, I though they were DWI. In almost every instance they are on a cell phone. What is a distraction for teens is also a distraction for adults. This law acknowledges that cell phone distraction is dangerous for teens, but also that outlawing it for adults is perhaps too inconvenient. Our legislators need to hand up and drive.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Feb. 26, 2013 7:56 a.m.

    At least it's a step forward. I really would like to ask those passing this their reasons for not including everyone. Has that subject been addressed at all? And if so, what was the answer? Probably most of those voting do it, so they don't want to pass it for adults, even though the evidence is overwhelming that NO ONE can text while driving without serious posible consequences!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 6:54 a.m.

    Stupid. ALL drivers should face the same consequences for cell phone use and texting.

  • Wyomex Burlington, WY
    Feb. 25, 2013 7:28 p.m.

    Too many laws; too few principles with consequences.

    Principle: Drive safely.

    Consequence: If you don't drive safely and are involved in an accident, you are responsible - regardless of whether it was due to texting and driving, drinking and driving, picking up a gum wrapper off the floor, talking to a friend in the back seat, etc. Some consequences, of course, are more serious than others, while others may be justifiable.

    We shouldn't need laws for everything we do or don't do or should or shouldn't do. It speaks poorly of society's inability to "teach correct principles" and let people govern themselves.