SALT LAKE CITY -- Legislators have put the brakes on a request to make "distracted walking" around railroads a violation of state law.
Pleasant Grove Republican Rep. Craig Frank tells The Salt Lake Tribune that legislating against "stupid" goes too far. A state interim committee voted 11-4 Wednesday to reject a proposal being pushed by the Utah Transit Authority.
The transit authority earlier this year adopted an ordinance imposing $50 civil fines for talking on cell phones, listening through headphones or texting around trains. The goal was improved safety at a time when accidents have increased dramatically.
But if violators choose not to pay, the most transit officials can do is ban them from using the system.
Lawmakers worried that outlawing such behavior in the state code could potentially put violators in jail.