March 28, 2012

Utah Transit proposes fines for distracted behavior near rail crossings

ODGEN, Utah — The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is considering an ordinance that would make distracted behavior around trains and train crossings an offense subject to fines, according to a Standard-Examiner report. Under the proposed ordinance, a person caught talking or texting on a cellphone, listening to a portable music device, reading and even attending to personal hygiene or grooming, could be fined by UTA police $50 on the first offense and $100 on any following offenses.

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  • Michi Eyre[ April 18th, 2012 @ 11:00am ]

    My far the stupidest and far-reaching ordinance I have ever heard of. This is obviously an attempt to generate revenue for the UTA including from those who are not even UTA passengers (who just happen to be crossing a grade level intersection in a crosswalk). In Phoenix, they will fine you $75 if you jump off the platform and cross the tracks and jaywalk in the street (now that make sense) but if you are crossing at a lighted intersection and the train's interrupters are stopped and the pedestrian has the "walk", it should not matter whether they are wearing ear-buds or not. Also too, there's no evidence that they were actually listening to a sound source at the time of crossing (e.g. they turned off the music).. Also, what if the ear buds are a listening aid? I totally agree with the fines for vehicles encroaching into grade crossings when gates are activated but the basic civil liberties, nanny state and revenue generation of the first part of this ordinance is totally wrong. It's not about safety, it's about revenue.

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