By CARI DOUTRE
Leader Staff Writer
Put down your cell phones, plug in your hands-free device and pay attention to the road because as of May 13, driving while distracted in Utah will cost you.
For those Idaho drivers crossing the border into Utah, a new law will affect them as much as Utahans.
Utah Senate Bill 253, which “restricts manipulating a device while operating a vehicle,” started on Tuesday, which means, it’s officially illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving.
The law states that “a person may not use a handheld wireless communication device while operating a moving motor vehicle on a highway in this state to manually write, send or read a written communication, including a text message, an instant message and e-mail. Drivers cannot dial a phone number, access the Internet, view or record a video or enter data into a handheld wireless communication device.”
While the law already bans texting while driving, add no Facebook, no Instagram, no selfies and no recording videos while driving. The new law also bans browsing through playlists and finding songs on cell phones, as well as writing emails or reading emails. The law doesn’t pertain only to cell phones. Any wireless device, including laptops, iPods and tablets, are considered part of the law as a wireless communication device.
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