Weekend Overnight Guy: Cell Phones While Driving


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The topic of banning the use of cell phones while driving has resurfaced again in Salt Lake City. I always find this topic of conversation to be very interesting. I guess one thing some Salt Lake City residents are happy about is that their mayor has finally returned back to Salt Lake City after spending a couple weeks protesting the Iraq war and trying to rally enough people around him to get President Bush impeached. But, now that Rocky is back in town he is backing legislation that would ban the use of cell phones while driving in Salt Lake City. Before you step up to the plate in support of such legislation, I believe there are many things a voter must consider before making such a decision. If you ban cell phone use while driving in Salt Lake City, shouldn't eating, smoking, changing the dial on your car radio and listening to a personal iPOD with headphones be illegal also? For me when deciding on how to vote on such an issue that question must also be taken into account. In an article recently posted on KSL.com about the cell phone ban (http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=1041701) it mentions that hands free devices would not resolve the problem of distracted driving because your are still "engaging your mind in conversation with someone in a different place". If such a law is going to be put in place it is going to have to include more than just cell phones. Personally even if a cell phone ban while driving was put in place I believe it would be very hard to enforce. In addition, the new rage I have seen while driving on Utah roads is people text messaging while driving. If a cell phone ban while driving was put in place, how will Salt Lake City Police stop people from text messaging while driving? Also, with a cell phone ban while driving in place you may see even more people trying to text message while driving. What is your opinion? Would you support a ban on cell phones while driving in your town? Second, should city's be trying to enforce such a law? Or is this a state issue? If you are in support of a cell phone ban while driving do other things such as eating, smoking, shaving etc also be included in such legislation?

"Weekend Overnight Guy", Chase Alan can also be reached by email at: clauritsen@ksl.com

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