Under a proposed law, Utah drivers could be pulled over for holding their phones.
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Under a proposed law, Utah drivers could be pulled over for holding their phones.

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Utah Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, (D-Holladay) has proposed state distracted driving legislation that would give law enforcement officials the right to pull over drivers for simply holding a cellphone, according to a report on KSL.com.

For over a decade, Utah has had laws on the books that make it illegal to use handheld devices while driving. In 2014, additional laws were passed banning texting and emailing while operating a vehicle.

However, Moss' bill would limit cellphone use to dashboard-, windshield- or center console-mounted devices that can be operated with a single swipe or simple tap, reports KSL.com.

While similar legislation died earlier in the year, the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee recently endorsed Moss' proposal and the legislature will review the bill in January.

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