Ban on teens driving while talking on cellphone passes Utah House

Feb 26 2013 - 12:28am


Rep. Lee Perry, R-Brigham City
Rep. Lee Perry, R-Brigham City

SALT LAKE CITY -- A bill banning teenagers from using cellphones while driving is one step closer to reality.

The House voted 48-22 Monday afternoon to move HB 103, dealing with teens and cellphones, to the Senate for further consideration.

Sponsored by Rep. Lee Perry, R-Brigham City, the measure would make it a misdemeanor for 16- and 17-year-olds to talk and drive. Perry has described the measure as a best practice intended to reduce the number of accidents for distracted teen drivers.

Before it was approved, a potential fine for the offense was amended by the House reducing the proposed penalty for the offense from $50 to $25.

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