Did you know that in Utah new restrictions regarding cell phone use while driving went into effect on Tuesday May 13th at Midnight? The previous law focused on texting, this amendment expanded that to manipulating buttons on your phone.
It is now illegal for drivers to do the following while the vehicle is in motion:
- Compose, read, or send a text message, email, or instant message
- Enter a phone number
- Access or surf the Internet
- View or record images and video
- Manipulate applications on the phone or wireless handheld device
Drivers are allowed to do the following while their vehicles are in motion:
- Answer calls and talk
- Use hands free devices for phones
- Use a GPS or navigation application on a phone if needed
- Report emergencies, road hazards, criminal activity
Violations of the new law can lead to a class-C misdemeanor and a $100 fine. If a person is injured due to distracted driving the penalties are higher, the driver could face a class-B misdemeanor, which entails a possible $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.
If you want to read the Distracted Drive Amendments visit http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/sbillamd/sb0253s01.pdf
Always remember to drive safe!