Legislature passes bill banning teen drivers from talking on cellphones

Children could still call parents in bill that now goes to governor

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  • mrc Provo, UT
    March 14, 2013 7:59 a.m.

    STOP MICROMANAGING citizen behavior. Yes cars, driving, distractions are dangerous. But passing laws that can't be enforced is idiocy. This proposed law is ridiculous; as is the law that doesn't allow teens to have others in their car for the first 6 months they have a drivers license. Either let them have licenses or don't. How will a police officer know that a teen is on the phone with a parent vs. another friend? Do they pull everyone over and ask who they are talking to? Likewise with the 6 month rule - can police really look at a teen driver and gague whether that person has had his license for 6 months or longer? No. So are we giving them license to pull over every teen driver? What about teens' right? They are citizens in case our legislators have forgotten. They are required to have a learners permit for as little as 6 months and as much as a year before they get their license. This is a great time for them to learn how to drive and have PARENTS teach them safe driving habits. After that they are entitled to the same rights and privileges.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    March 14, 2013 3:00 a.m.

    Not even hands free is safe, distractions are distractions when your concentration is not on driving or any task. And the human brain is not a multi tasker as many think it is. Corporations have discovered that multi tasker's never get anything done. Multi task is a computer term where you have many programs ready at the same time but they won't work at the same time.

    I agree, cell phone law should have included all drivers of all ages and even passengers who can be a distraction. When a person is driving a car it requires total concentration and awareness of environment. Hearing, vision, and mobility is important in driving safe.

    European laws are such that eating, and drinking water or sodas or beer or smoking, in a vehicles is an illegal $500 distraction. In europe its illegal to have drink holders or cig lighters in cars and is a distraction.

    I would favor a law that allows cell phone jammers to disable phones and obnoxious yelling when in my proximity.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    March 13, 2013 11:56 p.m.

    These elected officials just don't get it.

    Forget banning cell phone use by teens while driving-ban it's use by any and all drivers!!

    Using a cell phone is the same, or worse, than texting, which a number of credible studies have shown to equal response time to that of DUI drivers.

    Clark County (Las Vegas) has banned cell phone use by drivers, it's time for Utah elected officials to do the same.

  • Bearone Monroe, UT
    March 13, 2013 11:23 p.m.

    It would have been much better if the law said 'Hands free" only, like Nevada is, or like Federal Motor carrier law is for commercial drivers. But hey!! Let's wait until a few hundred more people are killed or injured by people of any age steering their vehicle while playing/talking on their cellphones.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    March 13, 2013 9:29 p.m.

    Wow! Seems a few of these senators, or maybe all of them, need to be educated on how the brain works. I wonder if they brought in a brain expert at all to discuss how the brain actually works, and how listening to the radio is totally different from talking on a cell phone. I also don't grasp how they think cell phone use apparently only affects teens and not older, experienced drivers. It affects EVERYBODY! NO ONE can talk on a cell phone, hands free or not, without being distracted. The brain cannot function that way.

  • ipr Spanish Fork, UT
    March 13, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    Why not make it $ 200 just like in Europe. I've had my share of close calls with them. I'll never forget the mother in the minivan (with a number of kids in the back), passing me in the parking lane, going 40 mph in a school zone (with the lights flashing) - while on the phone.

  • Mash76 Provo, UT
    March 13, 2013 3:35 p.m.

    This is crap, if they are going ban anyone they need to ban everyone. I see many more older people driving badly because of a cell phone then younger people. No I am not a teen, I am in my young 50's.