There's no disputing that it's dangerous to talk on the phone while driving. For the safety of people traveling Utah's roads, the Legislature should outlaw driving while phoning. However, lawmakers have repeatedly refused to do that, arguing that it would be an intrusion on personal freedom and on people whose business relies on them phoning while driving.
It appears, then, that the best hope for improved cell phone safety in the current legislative session is a bill that would outlaw phoning while driving for drivers under 18 years old. Sen. Ross Romero, the sponsor of SB128, argues that inexperienced drivers shouldn't be on the phone when they are behind the wheel. He's right, of course, although the same could be said for drivers of any age.
Ironically, one of the premier arguments against Romero's bill is that it would be unenforceable because officers could not tell by looking at them whether young drivers were under the age of 18. Good point. The answer, though, is to make the phoning ban apply to every driver regardless of age.