To prevent an inadvertent violation of the law, I have summarized what types of actions are prohibited, and what actions are permitted under the law.
YOU CANNOT USE YOUR HANDS TO:
- Read, write or send a text message;
- Read, write or send an email;
- Access the internet;
- Dial or look up a phone number;
- View or record video;
- Change the music on your smart phone;
- Enter data into your phone, including an address in your GPS navigation system.
- View your GPS navigation system;
- Place emergency phone calls;
- Place non-emergency phone calls to report criminal activity or to request assistance relating to criminal activity or to report safety hazards;
- Use voice-operated technology to operate your phone.
Violation of the cell phone law is a Class C Misdemeanor and carries a penalty of up to $100. If the violation results in the bodily injury of another person, or if there has been a previous violation within three years, it is a Class B Misdemeanor.
There is a lot of confusion about the new restrictions on cell phone use. To aid in educating the public, some law enforcement agencies in Salt Lake, Davis and Utah counties are conducting enforcement blitzes. Officers will warn, not ticket, drivers suspected of violating the cell phone law. The blitz will end this week.