After 40 minutes of emotional debate Wednesday, the Utah Senate voted 20-9 to give initial approval to HB101 to make it easier to enforce laws that ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving.
One more vote is needed — which usually occurs with little or no debate — for expected final approval likely later this week by the Legislature. Similar bills have been rejected for years.
On Wednesday, opponents said the bill may actually make roads more hazardous as texters and talkers try to hide their phones while driving — or complained that the bill doesn’t ban driving while holding other distracting objects like hamburgers.
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