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Distracting Driving in Utah

What You Need to Know About Distracted Driving in Utah

Understanding the Law

As technology continues to enhance, lawmakers are putting their foot down to prevent distracting drivers from harming themselves, and others. The state of Utah has one of the toughest texting laws in the country. In spite of that, there are some drivers who still can’t resist the urge to reply to messages while behind the wheel. Failure to follow the law can result in three months in jail and up to a $750 fine, misdemeanor.

What is distracted driving?

A text message, according to the law, is defined as "a communication in the form of electronic text or one or more electronic images sent by the actor from a telephone or computer to another person's telephone or computer by addressing the communication to the person's telephone number." In the state of Utah, distracted driving, also known as “careless driving” – is when a person is operating a vehicle while using a hand-held cellphone or similar device. Drivers are able to use cell phones while driving but are not allowed to send text messages.

Teen drivers between the ages of 15 and 18 are required to participate in the Graduated Driver Licensing Program (GDL) in order to receive their license. The adult that signs this application assumes all legal and financial responsibility for the driving actions of the permit holders. That includes if a teen is in an accident or receives a moving violation while using a cellphone or similar device.

How can you join the solution?

The fight to end distracted driving starts with you. Take the place to protect lives by never texting and driving. If you’re in the car with someone who is texting, speak up and encourage friends and family to do the same.