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  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2013 6:18 a.m.

    I agree. "Every one does it" is a common plea/excuse for young people trying to justify bad behavior, but lots of adults use it as well.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 29, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    Channel Five reported last night that a recent survey completed by, I believe AT$T, found that actually more adults text while driving than do teens. That's pretty big coming from one of our largest cell phone companies.

    About the only thing more stupid than texting while driving is our legislature's failure to do anything to stop it.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    March 29, 2013 2:13 p.m.

    "I am very interested in the mentality of people thinking that just because you're a teenager you can't talk and drive, but once you're 20, you can do it just fine."

    Of course it is silly to impose texting/talking laws for teens only. But you live in UT where laws regulating people's behavior is wrong--unless the law pertains to things taught against by the LDS church. Example, the "Zion curtain" for restaurants serving alcohol. In UT you are free to put yourself and others at risk whether it is guns, riding motorcycles without helmets, or a texting while driving over the age of 20.

    I believe eventually technology may solve the problem--but it would probably happen sooner if more states outlawed texting/talking while driving.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    March 29, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    Fellow Posters - Is this the amnesia club? Texting while driving is banned statewide, has been for some time, and applies to all drivers.

    The question offered by the letter's author still stands.

    "I am very interested in the mentality of people thinking that just because you're a teenager you can't talk and drive, but once you're 20, you can do it just fine."

    Taking a stab at Utah's conservative culture does not answer the question. I am of the culture and I, and so many others I know, would like to see our roads safe again.

    So to those who support a ban on teenage phone talking while driving, why? Why not everyone?

    (I think the answer is that teens don't vote, and don't lobby. So if we regulate just them, legislators can feel all warm and fuzzy that they have made the roads slightly less dangerous, while retaining their gifts and votes. Meanwhile those maimed and killed by adults are still just as maimed and dead.)

  • SomebodySmart Hudson, NH
    March 29, 2013 6:18 p.m.

    Kinda like the excuses for the drinking age: Drinking during pregnancy harms the baby, so impose Prohibition on men under 21 and not on women 21 or older; and people under 21 have less skill behind the wheel, an argument that makes sense if the first thing you always do whenever you get hammered is to climb into a car and try to drive it somewhere, which is okay for you because you 'can drive better drunk than teenagers can sober."

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    March 29, 2013 6:25 p.m.

    We were in California recently and if I understood the signs correctly, no driver is permitted to do anything with a cell phone while driving. That might be an idea worth implementing in Utah.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2013 2:07 a.m.

    A person on the phone with kids in the car should lose drivers license for 120 days, no permits.