If you are not texting, doing your make-up, shaving, or daydreaming while you drive around town you just might see an officer standing on the sidewalk taking photographs of passing vehicles. The officer is taking photos of people who are driving distracted. Once a violation is observed the vehicle description is provided to other officers who are positioned to intercept. The main focus, initially, is to educate the public about the hazards of distracted driving and the laws that relate to the use of electronic devices while driving as well as careless driving.
Utah Traffic Code 41-6a-1716 - Prohibition on using a handheld wireless communication device while operating a moving motor vehicle prohibits the use of a handheld wireless communication device while operating a vehicle.
This statute details activities that are restricted while driving and includes reading/sending text messages, emails, data entry, and sending data, viewing images, or manipulating an application from a handheld wireless device.
Utah Traffic Code 41-6a-1715 Careless driving defined and prohibited.
By statute a driver can be cited for careless driving if they commit two or more moving violations, not including speeding, while being distracted by one or more activities taking place within the vehicle that are not related to the operation of the vehicle. This includes talking on a phone, unless via a hands free device, searching for items in the vehicle, or attending to personal hygiene or grooming.
Whether it is a close call that was frightening, a traffic collision resulting in damaged property, or a traffic collision that has serious life changing injuries and/or death most people have been witness to or been impacted by drivers who have not been focused on driving.