In 2013, texting and driving took 3,154 lives. Many of those deaths could have been avoided, if texting was not involved.
Utah has some of the strictest texting and driving laws in the country. If you are caught texting and driving, you could spend up to three months in jail, and up to a $750 fine. If an injury or death is caused, you could spend fifteen years in prison, and your fine rises to $10,000!
It's not worth the risk of killing someone because you or someone you know are a distracted driver. You want to keep you and your family safe, and others who drive on the road.
The best thing to do, is to put your phone away when you drive. Put it out of reach. Turn it to silent mode. Put it in the glove compartment. Hand it to someone who won't give it back until you are done driving. Create circumstances, so that your phone isn't a distraction.
Another option for you or other drivers in your home is to Take the Pledge. Sign an agreement promising that you won't text and drive.
For additional information on distracted driving, please review the information at www.distraction.gov.