Monday, Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry, introduced HB103, a bill that would make it a $50 fine for anyone under 18 to drive a car and talk on a cell phone at the same time.
It’s been against the law in Utah for several years for a driver to text on a cell phone.
Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, has tried several times to make it illegal for a high school student (under 18) to drive and talk on a cell phone.
Perry is a Utah Highway Patrol officer. His bill has a number of exceptions from the fine and violation.
A minor driver can talk on his cell phone to speak to his parents or legal guardian, to call in an emergency or report a crime.
And if you drive and talk and get a ticket, that ticket can’t count against you in points toward a suspension or revocation of your driver’s license.
Meanwhile, Rep. Mark Wheatley, D-Murray, has introduced HB104, a bill that would require a cell phone company to provide to law enforcement the location of a cell phone for emergency purposes.
Thus, if you went missing or otherwise were believed to be in trouble, the cops could get your cell phone company to locate your phone and they could find you.
The bill says cell phone firms can’t be held liable if providing such information leads to a cause of action by the cell phone holder or someone else.
So if your wife reports you missing and you’re found at your girlfriend’s house, oops, not the cell phone company’s fault.