Utah Considers Cell Phone Ban on Texting, E-Mail While Driving

February 11, 2009

The Utah Legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit a person from using a wireless communication device for texting messages or e-mailing while operating a motor vehicle, among other acts.

Additionally, HB 281, which is being evaluated by the Utah House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee, also would prohibit a person from using a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle in a reduced speed school zone or public parking lot unless the operator is using a hands-free device; and would prohibit a person younger than 18 from using such a device while driving.

If passed, violating the bill would be considered an infraction, and the driver could be assessed points against his or her driving record.

For more information, visit http://le.utah.gov/~2009/htmdoc/hbillhtm/hb0281.htm.

Source: Utah Legislature

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