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Texting While Driving

texting.jpgAnyone who has travles Utah's roads may have noticed that not all Utah drivers know it is illegal to text while driving. Since 2009, Utah Code Ann. §41-6a-1716 has made it a Class B or C misdemeanor to use a handheld device to text or email while operating a moving motor vehicle.

In January 2012, 18-year-old Utah State University student Taylor Sauer died when she crashed into a truck in Idaho. News reports indicate that she was texting while driving, and posted a Facebook status update right before the crash which said, "I can't discuss this matter now. Driving and Facebooking is not safe. ha ha." Her parents have been working to get texting and driving banned in Idaho.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's distraction.gov website reports that in 2010 more than 3,000 people were killed by distracted drivers, and that you are 23 times more likely to crash if you drive while distracted.

State and national organizations offer information-packed websites encouraging drivers not to text whill driving.

Be smart. Be safe. Obey the law. Don't text while driving.

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