17 other states have made it a crime to use your cellphone while
driving...............when is UTAH going to wake up. This incident is certainly
one more reason to make it illegal to text while driving!!!!
The concept of TEXTING and DRIVING does not exist. Either the person is driving
the car or they are plugging in letters into a telephone. People can't do
both.The problem is people THINK they can do both.
It irks me when people use their cell phones in any way while driving because of
the associated dangers. Even talking on the phone while driving impairs driving
to the same degree as DUI does. Last night, I observed a person turning onto a
the road I was on, going the opposite direction, and his eyes were on his cell
phone in the middle of the turn. Eventually that behavior will lead to an
accident, perhaps where someone will is injured or killed. People need to be
responsible and turn their phones off while driving, or at least move to the
side of the road and park before using their cell phones.The person
who complained about train drivers who had been texting about the time of the
accident has it wrong. While the operators need to pay attention to the train,
the train has the right-of-way and is hard to stop in short distances. A train
will not stray from the path it is on without some type of mechanical failure.
It's the people around the trains that cause the vast majority of accidents
Awaiting the facts in this case will help. Distracted driving isn't
debatable, it is illegal. Explicit laws against hand-helds while driving would
be an improvement.
As a society we have put a huge emphasis on being able to communicate 24/7. We
have such a high regard for our precious cell phones that many of us can't
function if we don't have one attached to our ear or are texting
continuously. We have become a very ignorant society and are oblivious to what
is going on around us. If we would all act responsibly we would not need laws.
The problem is we all tend to think that we are a better driver than everyone
else and we think we can multi task several items while driving and that the
laws are there because of all of those bad drivers. Guess what we are all one
of those bad drivers.
As most have said...Put down the cell phone and drive! Your eyes'
attention is needed on the roads, not on the phones.
@Irritabull - maybe the driver wasn't texting but he still have to watch
for everything that might come his (all driver) way. Drivers are responsible
what they do on the road at all times. Those three girls are not at fault. I
don't drive and use my cane to get around (blind person) and two times my
cane got run over and drivers didn't say anything or to help me. I have
heard other blind people got their cane get run over as well and got stranded.
Don't tell us not to go out in public places. I have a driver who takes me
around (getting paid) and he many times has answer his cell phone while driving
which I didn't like that and I told him no more but only when he's not
driving. Think about it (drivers), you use your cell phones while
driving then you are in DUI (DRUNK and DRUG are = CELL PHONES)! Hope this young
Brown,I agree. Force is wrong, but it's also ineffective.Part of the problem with a cell jamming device is that if it interferes
with wireless frequencies. Sure, that sounds great. But then when you're
right next to an ambulance, police vehicle, fire truck, etc. There are plenty of
other jobs, maintenance and otherwise, that need constant communication.Personally, I don't mind cell phone usage in a car as long as it is
100% hands free. Ear pieces usually aren't. Even voice options aren't,
cause you would have to navigate to activate the voice listening. We are in a
day and age where every single car should come with something like Microsoft
Sync. This effects a communication that is no more involved or distracting than
talking to someone in a passenger seat.Unless we outlaw talking to
passengers also, that's an option that preserves freedom while solving the
problem as best as humanly possible. Anything more or less than that, such as
forcing everyone, will come with problems. Without freedom we can't be
happy. It's a simple formula: to deal with problems, find solutions that
preserve freedoms while teaching better behaviors.
We need a law that bans texting while driving.Oh, wait, we have that
law, but it does not stop people from doing it.Laws do not stop
anything, only give us the power to punish people after they have disobeyed
them.So, let's get on with the trial and enforce this law to
Two comments: 1) Our court system function under the premise that the accused is
presumed to be innocent so that the state has to prove that he/she is guilty of
the crime charged. The guilty can claim innocence to force the state to
convince a jury that the accused is actually guilty. Bail and incarceration are
permitted before trial by a judge who determines the risk of flight and harm to
the public. 2) There may be some merit in including distracted
driving with driving under the influence of alcohol or other reality impairing
substances. Some could argue DUI is where the driver is always distracted or
disoriented or not in control, while distracted driving occurs only when you use
the device. Should be worth a lot of pontificating on capitol hill next
I am very surprised at all the comments indicating a desire to "MAKE" it
impossible for someone to text while in a car. If I need to reply to someone I
give the phone to my kids and have them read and text the message for me while I
drive. "MAKING" my phone not work over 10 mph or blocking it altogether
is ridiculous. I also pull over if I need to read or respond to a text. A
personal discipline I have committed to. Yes, drivers need to become more aware
of the dangers. I am sure no one wants to be responsible for harming someone.
Awareness it the key…not taking away liberties.
Yes. Let's demand stricter laws than are already on the books so that no
ever gets hurt and no accidents ever happen. Let's find out what happened,
before we start screaming for more legislation.
I have had my phone ring numerous times while driving, what I do, is hand it to
my wife. she does the talking. now if some of the ideas that have been
mentioned to make it impossible to use a cell phone in a moving car, are
actually put into place, then what about the passengers, are they then not
allowed to talk on the phone?
This driver was not texting and is a good person. Interesting how many hypocrits
on this comment board that have all had close calls and accidents and yet want
mob justice in these public forums. Have a little empathy for all involved -
Get a clue. SeanMormon says, "But all it takes is one indecent [sic:
incident] where someone said something they shouldn't have, and it turns
out to be false." The police don't say the guy "may have been
texting" without pretty good evidence--like a mumbled confession. So they
disclose that to the press, but don't disclose his name. No harm, no foul.
In a day or two, the cops will receive the cell phone usage report subpoenaed
from the cell phone company. If the report confirms the dude was texting,
they'll confirm it publicly and release his name. If the report
doesn't confirm it, they'll withdraw the allegation when they release
his name. Yes, one is innocent until proven guilty--but a mere allegation of
wrongful conduct, especially when no name is released, violates no one's
right to a fair trial.
Sunday before last, I golfed with a recent Widow. Her Husband, a big rig
driver, had dismounted within a Highway Work Zone to verify his Bill of Lading.
A Texting 17-year old cut through the barricaded Work Zone, and nearly killed
him. Nearly. He passed away after over Five Years of Misery in an Acute Rehab
facility, with his Wife and Children at his side. She had opted for Early
Retirement as a Special Ed Teacher to care for him. In most Jurisdictions, a
Judge has the option of ordering Community Service in lieu of Probation or Jail
Time. Trying to move on with her life, this Widow still feels that the
Driver should have been ordered to participate Daily, in the Victim's care.
Let them see the lives that they've destroyed. Have the
28-year old Driver Ordered by The Court to carry The Victims' books to
School, and help them with their household chores. "Viral-Spread"
documentation of this Example will serve invaluable Lesson to those who need it
most: Classmates and Peers of the Victims and Driver.
It is possible that the kids were not paying attention to oncoming traffic and
they step intothe cross walk without monitoring the proximity or speed of
the approaching driver. Kids withthe intent of getting some where are
chatting, anticipating the fun they are going to have andjust not
thinking. I know of a case where a child was hit and killed for exactly that
reason.It happened in Salt Lake City. Fortunately for the driver there was
a witness to clear him. If there were other witnesses to this accident the
facts will come out. If there were no witnesses, then fault will be difficult to
prove either way.
If the driver was actually texting, he/she needs to be prosecuted as if he/she
were DUI. Distracted driving kills.
Hope these three kids recover fully. A few years ago, a Sonoma State college
student was Speeding while Texting through a crosswalk at a playground and
plowed through two women wheeling baby strollers.One Infant was killed,
and her Mother, now crippled for life, was hospitalized for nearly six months.
At the Hearing, where the Driver received a Speeding Ticket and Probation only,
the Father and Husband, while wheeling his Wife, said in interviews, "Well I
guess that's what the Law says." I quite doubt that the Mother's
thoughts and words were printable.I do not believe that Laws
prohibiting non-hands free cellphone use while driving are ever enforced. This
leads to the belief that one can also Text with impunity. Investigation results
of several Train accidents across the Country definitively found that the
Operator of the Train was texting prior to the incident. While disciplined, the
guilty did not lose their jobs.In the very least, the Courts need to
sentence the Guilty to a year or more of Internet-Publicized Community Service
to the Victims.
Why is it just young drivers who are penalized? When we were in California, it
was against the law to text or use a hand held cell phone while driving at any
age. Distracted driving is distracted driving whether you are sixteen or sixty.
Texting and driving, actually using a cell phone while driving, is one thing I
hate the most. It's not just teens either. I was almost rear ended by a
texting driver who wasn't a teen. It's very dangerous and so stupid.
Whenever a person is behind the wheel, total attention needs to be focused on
It's not just texting, but talking on a cell phone as well; not just teens,
but all users of cell phones are liable to distraction. NZ has taken action on
this, issuing tickets to drivers observed using a cell phone while driving, and
making cell phone use a potential aggravating factor in cases of careless
driving causing death or injury. For now, hands-free phone usage is exempt.
@Hamath. Precisely. If a cell phone is traveling faster than 10 MPH (knowable
by GPS-detected position changes), no cell phone should be able to text.
Period. As for this driver, if texting where pedestrians are common, show no
There are electronic devices available now and have been for many years that
block cell phones from use in varying ranges from 50 yards to several miles but
phone companies fought them as illegal devices interfering with FCC
communication regulations. Jammers can be installed in vehicles very easily and
should be but it will require federal laws to do it and since everyone with a
cell phones uses them while they drive distracted the legislators don't
want to infringe on driving distracted privileges.For the same FCC
regulatory communications laws it prevents car makers, schools, hospitals,
public service departments, or private business from installing jammers in the
buildings to keep employees focused on their jobs. The only legal
restriction on cell phones is in airplanes and hospitals where stray
transmissions signals might interfere with the hundreds of magnetic relays and
wiring components. Each cell phone operates on different frequency's every
time it is used to prevent cross talk between users so any phone could
accidentally transmit on a frequency that could disrupt signals in a fly by wire
passenger aircraft or hospital patient monitors.
I'm very guilty of this also. I'm making a change today.
Could companies put in software that looks at the GPS location and automatically
shuts down texting? Maybe allow someone to override it, but it would send a
signal to some database that said they did it and recorded time and phone #.
People need to stop texting, eating, putting on makeup, talking on the phone
while driving. The point of driving a car is to drive it and not get anyone
hurt or killed.
Just as we need to drive responsibly, we need responsibility in the rest of our
lives. I don't believe the police department is acting responsibly by
bringing the public's attention to this before knowing the truth. I also
don't think it's responsible to publish reports about it either until
the truth is known.Right now, neither a newspaper or the law
enforcement have done anything horribly wrong or that will hurt lives. But all
it takes is one indecent where someone said something they shouldn't have,
and it turns out to be false.Until a 'probably' is
confirmed, this isn't news nor is it fair to the driver, whether they were
texting or not. I hope he wasn't texting. Even if he was, most the people
who'd accuse him aren't without the same driving behavior.Justice requires that we are innocent until proven guilty. We aren't
"likely guilty" before proven guilty.