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Last Modified: December 28, 2022

Utah’s Strict Laws Attempt To Prevent Texting While Driving Accidents

Published on March 9, 2012 • Last updated December 28, 2022 by Ken Christensen
Topics: Distracted Driving, Texting & Driving

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Accident on the highway due to texting

Utah has some of the most strict laws in the country when it comes to texting while driving. These laws completely prohibit the act.  There are only ten states that have specific no-texting-while-driving laws on all drivers.  Many states limit the restrictions to younger drivers, not all drivers.  Nonetheless, Utah is one state that chooses to lead from the front on this particular issue.  Their emphasis on no texting while driving is to prevent accidents.  There can be many distractions inside and outside the car while driving, and it is for this reason that Utah is so hard-nosed on the issue; lessening one distraction is a start to combating the rest published Utah state texting-while-driving laws which are listed below.  These laws should be thought through and understood for their ability to prevent accidents.  There is power in prevention.

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Text While Driving Laws

  1. There is no prohibition on cell phone use while driving in Utah.
  2. All Utah drivers are prohibited from texting while driving.
  3. Utah also prohibits “careless driving.”
    1. Refers to any moving violation that is committed while distracted by the use of a hand-held cellphone or similar activities.


  1. Utah’s texting laws are considered “primary” laws.
    1. A primary law means that an officer can pull you over for the offense without having to witness some other violation.
    2. That is, the officer sees you texting and issues a citation.

Texting while driving accidents do occur and can happen to you or someone you love.  If you have been in a car accident, attempt to find out whether or not the person at fault was texting.  The person could have been otherwise distracted, but it’s always a good idea to know for sure.

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