Utah Senate OKs bill to curb texting while driving

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Utah lawmakers have advanced a measure to curb texting while driving.

The state Senate on Monday voted 17-8 to approve the bill making it a violation to tap on a phone while on the road.

St. George Republican Sen. Steve Urquhart sponsors the bill.

Under the measure, adults could still talk on the phone while driving or consult a device for directions, as long as they’re not punching in information.

The state also has a current ban on texting and driving for minors.

The Daily Herald reports some lawmakers praised the proposed measure, saying it’s their job to make sure roads are safe.

But others said the law isn’t needed because Utah already has laws against distracted driving.

The bill now goes to the House.

Online:

SB 253: http://1.usa.gov/1cu5UCM0

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