Utah degree should make it a criminal offense to hold a cell cellphone while driving

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah House committee has handed an invoice that would ban even retaining a cell phone at the same time as driving. The Deseret News reports the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee voted Wednesday to propose the bill. The invoice, sponsored by House Minority Whip Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, makes any handheld use of a cellphone unlawful while driving, even when the smartphone is for navigation and voice verbal exchange.

The bill could allow an unmarried swipe or faucet on a device mounted in a manner that allows the driver to see the road. It additionally permits use in an emergency and for reporting dangers or crimes. Moss supplied a comparable invoice last year, but the House Transportation Committee did not vote in favor of it. Texting while driving and speaking while protecting the smartphone to an ear is already unlawful in Utah.

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