A $25 fine with no points on the record is like a slight slap on the wrist.
Studies show that texting and driving is as dangerous as driving drunk, and this
is the penalty? I've nearly been hit several times in the last couple of
days by drivers on cell phones.It's ironic that someone going
75mph on I-15 can get a speeding ticket that results in hundreds of dollars (for
the fine and the insurance rate increase) as well as several points on a driving
record while someone texting or talking (which can be dangerous as well) while
driving goes away with a slap on the wrist. In my opinion, in general speeding
is much less dangerous than cell-phone use.I don't recall
almost getting hit because someone was going too fast, but I often see
near-collisions because someone drifts out of their lane because they're on
their cell phone.
I agree with Riverton Cougar, using a cell phone while driving is much more
dangerous than typical speeding and we need to reflect that in the laws,
instruction and behavior.
Why limit it to just teenagers. The adults are just as bad. It is amazing how
many people are on the phone as you watch cars go through the intersections. If
we are going to drive we need to focus all our attention on driving.
This law should have included everyone! I see far more young mothers with the
phone glued to their ears, than I've ever seen Teens on the phone while
Why not apply it to older drivers? Well, lets take it a step further. Lets
give tickets if adults have their windows or convertible top down. Lets give
tickets for those that have music on or talk radio or that are using a cb radio.
Lets give tickets for adults that have others in their car.Growing
up I rode in the back of trucks, but now I have to pass a 200-point, 3-day NASA
checklist to get my family to a destination 2 blocks away. Laws may save some
lives, but common sense saves a lot more.
This law should have not had an age cut off. If someone hits me or a loved one
while texting, I don't really care what that person's age is. They
should be held responsible. $25 dollars is short of at least TWO zeros. Fine
violators up to $2500 for failing to safely operate a vehicle or suspend the
What a bunch of nonsense!If a teenager is allowed to talk to his
parents, how is the police officer, who pulls him over, supposed to know whether
that teenager is obeying the law or breaking it? Pulling someone over is
dangerous, especially if the driver is a teenager with a cellphone at his
ear!What is the answer? I don't know. I travel between
Springville and Salt Lake City almost daily. It's not uncommon to see MOST
drivers holding a cellphone. Personally, I use a blue-tooth device so that my
hands stay on the wheel, but even using that device divides my attention between
driving and talking.Perhaps the answer is to require those who talk
on a cellphone to pull off the road while they talk.Yes, teenagers
have less experience handling a car, but they are not the only
16 months ago a federal law went into effect restricting drivers of commercial
vehicles to hands free mobile phone use only, with an $1100 fine for each
violation. Might be a good model for everyone to follow.
200 word limit? Not enough for this topic.Ban all cellphone use for
anyone behind the wheel of a vehicle with the engine running. Period.
In DC, if you are caught on a cell phone, regardless of your age, you get a $100
ticket right away. So, making this law for teens, makes no sense. Cell phones
are distracting and fines for talking on them without a hands-free device should
be outlawed nationwide.
Like Driving DrunkI understand this is a "test law," but it
is ridiculous. Insurance companies have run tests and know that using a cell
phone while driving produces driving impairment as though you were intoxicated.
The fines and punishments should be the same. This is serious--not just a
"test case" for teenagers. We need real legislation and legislators who
will step up for the safety of all of us.
Nice idea, but unenforceable I'm afraid...
Just more evidence of how ineffectual our state government is. And to think we
were dumb enough to vote these bozos in.
I think adults will be waived because there are many individuals who work from
their vehicles. At any rate I support some pretty hefty laws when it comes to
Ironic [and sad] that 3 little children were run over by a texting driver the
same day this law goes into effect.=====J ThompsonSPRINGVILLE, UTWhat a bunch of nonsense![Thanks for your
continued short-sighted selfishness that ignores therefore promoting distracted
dirivng that causes little children getting run over. I suppose it's only
wrong to you if it's against the Word of Wisdom.]
I was walking along 15th East the other day and a car was parked along the curb
and there was a person inside texting (may I add a girl in her late teens or
early 20's. Kudos to her and her good decision making. Why is there an age
limit? Can't an adult cause an accident doing the same thing? Here is
another question - Why can they talk to a parent? Does it really make a
difference as to who they are talking to as to whether it is likely to be
dangerous or cause an accident. Then the fine is absurd. I had to pay a 100.00
fine for my front tires being two inches past the stop line at a light. I guess
it would have been better to run the light. Do our lawmakers have any common
sense. I am an at home Grandma without a college degree, but I think I've
got more smarts in the Common Sense Degree than lawmakers who have a piece of
paper that say they are smart.