The use of a handheld wireless communication device while driving is prohibited under the state's careless driving law unless the device can be used with hands free for talking and listening (UT Code Sec. 41-6a-1715).
State law prohibits a driver from using a handheld wireless communication device, including cell phones, to send text messages or to transfer information while the vehicle is in motion (Utah Code Sec. 41-6a-1716 ). The law does not apply to law enforcement and emergency personnel while on the job.
The laws do not apply when phone calls or text messages are sent to report an accident, medical emergency, criminal activity, or safety hazard.