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UHP cracking down on distracted driving in Salt lake City

Apr 10, 2023, 9:59 AM | Updated: Jan 5, 2024, 2:48 pm

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SALT LAKE CITY — If you plan to drive anywhere over the next week or so make sure cell phones are out of reach. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Several law enforcement agencies across the state are banding together to look for violations of Utah’s distracted driving laws. Utah prohibits the use of cell phones while driving. 

It’s not just texting and sending emails that can get you in trouble. Using a cell phone in any way except for GPS apps or hands-free voice talking while driving is also illegal. 

Through April 17, officers in unmarked vans with spotters will look for violators. Officers then call out to marked units nearby to make the stops.

Over 22 police agencies statewide plan to participate. Furthermore, 140 additional shifts focused on distracted driving enforcement have been added. 

The Utah Highway Patrol plans to distribute distracted driving infographic cards to people pulled over.

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UHP cracking down on distracted driving in Salt lake City