SALT LAKE CITY -- Use of a cellphone by commercial drivers while behind the wheel will be illegal as part of a bill that cleared the Senate on Thursday.
The Senate has signed off on a measure to tweak the rules for people getting a commercial driver's license, adopting federal code for interstate commerce that makes using a cellphone while driving a commercial vehicle illegal.
The Senate voted unanimously to pass SB 19, sponsored by Sen. Keith Van Tassell, R-Vernal, which addresses commercial driver's licenses. The code adopts federal guidelines for interstate commercial drivers, which make use of a wireless device illegal. The measure will now advance to the House for further review.
The Senate did amend the guidelines to make what Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, described as "grab and talk" devices legal.