Title 41 Chapter 6a Section 706.5

Motor Vehicles
Traffic Code
Section 706.5
Definitions -- Operation of motor vehicle near a vulnerable user of a highway prohibited -- Endangering a vulnerable user of a highway prohibited.

            

41-6a-706.5.   Definitions -- Operation of motor vehicle near a vulnerable user of a highway prohibited -- Endangering a vulnerable user of a highway prohibited.

            (1) As used in this section, "vulnerable user of a highway" means:

            (a) a pedestrian, including a person engaged in work upon a highway or upon utilities facilities along a highway or providing emergency services within the right-of-way of a highway;

            (b) a person riding an animal; or

            (c) a person operating any of the following on a highway:

            (i) a farm tractor or implement of husbandry, without an enclosed shell;

            (ii) a skateboard;

            (iii) roller skates;

            (iv) in-line skates;

            (v) a bicycle;

            (vi) an electric-assisted bicycle;

            (vii) an electric personal assistive mobility device;

            (viii) a moped;

            (ix) a motor-driven cycle;

            (x) a motorized scooter;

            (xi) a motorcycle; or

            (xii) a manual wheelchair.

            (2) An operator of a motor vehicle may not knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly:

            (a) operate a motor vehicle within three feet of a vulnerable user of a highway;

            (b) distract or attempt to distract a vulnerable user of a highway for the purpose of causing violence or injury to the vulnerable user of a highway; or

            (c) force or attempt to force a vulnerable user of a highway off of the roadway for a purpose unrelated to public safety.

            (3) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(b), a violation of Subsection (2) is a class C misdemeanor.

            (b) A violation of Subsection (2) that results in bodily injury to the vulnerable user of a highway is a class B misdemeanor.


Amended by Chapter 431, 2013 General Session