LOCAL NEWS

Provo Police Watching For Drivers Distracted By Cell Phones

Feb 11, 2019, 7:53 PM | Updated: 8:50 pm

PROVO, Utah – Officers with the Provo Police Department have been watching and issuing citations for drivers distracted by their phones.

They were patrolling Center Street Monday where the speed limit was just 15 miles per hour.

Officer Ken Newell was on the traffic enforcement team and one of several officers involved in the operation. He noticed many of the people speeding down the road were also on their phones.

“You can see they are all pretty consistent. That one is traveling at 28 miles per hour,” he said, pointing out a vehicle speeding by.

While he patrols for speeders, there is something else he is looking for too, drivers using their phones.

“I had one lady tell me that she had left her kids at home, and that is why she had her phone up in front of her face – because she was watching them on the cameras,” Newell added.

Police said they were particularly concerned about it in downtown Provo because drivers may not see a pedestrian crossing the street.

“If they are manipulating the cell phone in any way we can go after them and right them a ticket,” he said.

Part of Officer Newell’s job was also investigating crashes. He said when he sees people get hurt, it hurts him, knowing when it comes to cell phone use, it didn’t have to happen.

“I just want everyone to put their cell phones down when they are driving. It is so unsafe. (It) can be the split second when a child enters the roadway or someone is in the roadway or a pedestrian in a crosswalk,” he said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

(FILE) Utah Tech University in St. George is pictured on Friday June 10, 2022. On July 1, what was...
Michael Houck

Utah Tech student dead after accidently falling from balcony

ST. GEORGE, Utah — A freshman Utah Tech University student is dead after accidentally falling from a fifth-floor balcony early Sunday morning. In a Utah Tech statement, student Peyton Hall fell from the fifth-floor balcony at Campus View Suites II at approximately 2:30 a.m. while with roommates and friends. The witnesses called 911, and first […]
16 hours ago
Three men are facing federal charges for allegedly robbing a postal carrier at gunpoint and taking ...
Brooke Williams

Man arrested after lengthy search, one still wanted

A 22-year-old man was arrested early Sunday after fleeing from a traffic stop.
16 hours ago
A West Valley police car. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)...
Brooke Williams

Two dead after crashing into parked truck

Two died in a crash in West Valley.
16 hours ago
Keith Jensen's Christmas home lit up by all the festive lights. (KSL-TV)...
Michael Locklear

Millcreek man lights up neighborhood with the face of Santa

Millcreek man is spreading Christmas cheer through tens of thousands of lights all around his home.
2 days ago
FILE PHOTO: The Chickadee lift is pictured at Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Thursday, Oct...
Michael Houck and Brooke Williams

Avalanche triggered at Snowbird resort, no injuries reported

Rescue crews responded to the Snowbird Ski Resort after an avalanche was triggered on a trail. 
2 days ago
FILE PHOTO (Lehi Police Department/Facebook)...
Michael Houck

Lehi building placed on ‘lock down’ after reports of man with a gun

A misunderstanding caused a building to be placed in "lock down" after reports of a man with a gun Tuesday.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Provo Police Watching For Drivers Distracted By Cell Phones