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Anderson wants people to pledge to stop using their phones while driving. He says, "Cell phone use while driving is as bad as having a .08 blood alcohol level."
Because Mayor Anderson is restricted by the state from enacting city driving ordinances involving cell phones, he is asking Utahns to voluntarily put down their cell phones when they get behind the wheel.
Anderson stood among Lauren Mulkey's family and friends this morning as he addressed the press and spoke about the dangers of cell phones and driving. Lauren Mulkey, 17, was killed in a car wreck in March when police say a distracted and impaired driver crashed into her after running a red light.
Anderson emphasized the need for the community to create a personal ethic of looking down on driving and using cell phone. He feels responsible citizens can make the difference without enacting laws. Anderson said, "We need good common sense. We meed people to voluntarily take these measures and understand, just as it's not cool to be drinking and driving, it's not cool, it's wrong to be talking on your cell phone or otherwise using these devices while you are driving."
The state has not passed a primary law where drivers can be pulled over for using their cell phones, but the legislature did upgrade a statute to include cell phone usage in the definition of careless driving. If a driver commits a moving violation, such as running a light or stop sign, that driver can also be ticketed for careless driving in addition to the moving violation.
Lauren Mulkey's friends ask that drivers not to wait for it to get that far where they have already broken the law. Liz Foxley says, "It's just not that hard to hang up your cell phone." Another friend said, "And I'm proud to see her face on a billboard if any good comes from it, hopefully."
People and businesses can make their pledge online by going to the link on the right.