Utah House kills bill HB13 to ban distracted driving

The Utah House of Representatives defeated a bill that would have banned distracted driving.

In a 32-41 vote on Monday, the House rejected House Bill 13, that would have prohibited use of a cell phone in a moving vehicle unless it was hands-free. You would have gotten one “tap” or “swipe” under the bill.

Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, pushed the bill as one that would cut down on texting while driving and ensure lives are saved on the roads. She faced a lot of pushback from Republican colleagues in the House.

“I just don’t know where this stops,” said Rep. Keven Stratton, R-Orem, who complained of “over-criminalizing” people.