(KCPW News) The Utah Senate gave final approval to a bill today that bans drivers under 18 years old from talking on a cell phone while driving. However, Senate Minority Leader Ross Romero explained his legislation was amended to clarify exactly what type of cell phone use would be banned.
“We do want to make clear that this limitation of cell phone use is restricted to when you are communicating with another individual,” said Romero.
In other words, teenagers could still use their phones for listening to music or GPS navigation while driving. Under SB 128, teenage drivers caught talking on a cell phone would be subject to a $50 fine, but would not receive a citation if speaking to a parent, or reporting an emergency or a crime. The bill will now go to the House of Representatives, where similar legislation was rejected in both 2010 and 2011.
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