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Will it take passage of an ordinance or a law to get motorists in Utah to curtail the use of the cell phones while driving?
It seems we're headed in that direction.
There's talk of the Salt Lake City Council making it illegal to drive in the capital city while on the phone. Other responsible voices are calling for such a ban to be implemented statewide.
The evidence is clear and overwhelming - it is dangerous to talk on a cell phone while driving. Study after study, whether conducted here in Utah, nationally or abroad, confirm that a cell phone is an indisputable distraction. A driver using a cell phone unequivocally puts other motorists at risk.
Unfortunately, common sense hasn't had much impact on the effort to get stubborn motorists to curtail their use of cell phones. Far too many cell phone drivers remain in denial, erroneously thinking they're different and can handle such formidable multi-tasking without endangering themselves and others.
It's time cell phone drivers get the message. If this dangerous practice can't be curbed voluntarily, there will be no stopping government entities anxious to protect citizens from the abuses of others, to pass valid restrictions on cell phone use.