Bill to ban handheld cellphone use while driving goes to Utah House

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A bill that proposes to ban handheld cellphone use while driving is set to be voted on by the Utah House.

House Bill 13, sponsored by Rep. Carol Moss (D), is headed to the full house for a vote after years of failed attempts. The bill proposes a change that would make it so drivers get one tap or swap to answer calls but nothing more. The bill was endorsed unanimously by the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee.

The bill has been heard before committees in previous years but was rejected each time.

According to a poll from the Salt Lake Tribune, three out of four Utah citizens support the change.

Handheld phone use while driving in Utah is already technically illegal but can only be enforced if another traffic violation is the cause for the traffic stop.

Moss’ bill would allow police to cite drivers directly for the violation and make it easier to enforce.

You can read the full language of the bill by following by clicking here.

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