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
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.
Open Minded Mormon, I don't understand your comment.Last time I
checked, the Word of Wisdom did not include cell phones and texting?
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.