After reading the Feb. 26 article in the paper, "Teen cell phone ban passes house," I would like to offer the Utah House reps a hearty thumbs down. They have once again missed the opportunity to pass a meaningful bill concerning the dangerous use of electronic devices while driving a motor vehicle. Banning the use of these devices by 16 and 17-year-olds is preposterous and unenforceable. To say nothing of the example it sets by allowing parents to use these devices while driving.
As I recall, it still takes two hands to safely operate a 3,000-pound-plus motor vehicle. I think they teach two-hands-on driving at drivers ed.
It also takes some amount of paying attention to what you are doing when operating a motor vehicle. I personally think that any use of electronic devices should be banned by law and the law enforced as it is in Europe and the rest of the world. In Germany, the fine runs from 80 euros ($100) to the loss of driving privilege for a year or more.
Lowering the fine from $50 to $25 is a joke and makes the use of cell phones more attractive to 16 and 17-year-old kids
I think the Utah legislature is wasting too much time being concerned about an adult mixing an adult beverage for an adult use as being hidden from view. They don't want all of the restaurants to look like bars, unbelievable but true.
Our elected officials need to rethink what they are doing concerning this issue and use common sense to effectively ban the use of these devices and not worry about getting re-elected.
Melvin J. Hansen