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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the Traffic Code by amending provisions relating to overtaking and
10 passing bicycles and mopeds on the highway.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . provides that, under certain circumstances, a person operating a vehicle may operate
14 the vehicle to the left of the center of the roadway when overtaking and passing a
15 bicycle or moped proceeding in the same direction at a speed less than the
16 reasonable speed of traffic then present, including in a no-passing zone; and
17 . makes technical changes.
18 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
20 Other Special Clauses:
22 Utah Code Sections Affected:
24 41-6a-701, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 2
25 41-6a-708, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 2
27 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28 Section 1. Section 41-6a-701 is amended to read:
29 41-6a-701. Duty to operate vehicle on right side of roadway -- Exceptions.
30 (1) On all roadways of sufficient width, a person operating a vehicle shall operate the
31 vehicle on the right half of the roadway, except:
32 (a) when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction
33 under the rules governing that movement;
34 (b) when an obstruction requires operating the vehicle to the left of the center of the
35 roadway subject to the provisions of Subsection (2);
36 (c) when overtaking and passing a bicycle or moped proceeding in the same direction
37 at a speed less than the reasonable speed of traffic H. [
37a the vehicle to
38 the left of the center of the roadway subject to the provisions of Subsection (2);
40 rules; or
42 (2) (a) A person operating a vehicle as described under Subsection (1) shall yield the
43 right-of-way to a vehicle:
46 (b) When overtaking and passing a bicycle or moped under Subsection (1)(c), a person
47 operating a vehicle shall not pass a bicycle or moped proceeding in the same direction if the
48 pass cannot be made safely, including under any of the following conditions:
49 (i) when approaching or upon the crest of a grade or upon a curve in the highway
50 where the operator's view is in any way obstructed;
51 (ii) when approaching within 100 feet of, or traversing, any intersection or railroad
52 grade crossing unless otherwise indicated by an official traffic control device;
53 (iii) when the view is obstructed upon approaching within 100 feet of any bridge,
54 viaduct, or tunnel; or
55 (iv) when the pass cannot be made in accordance with Section 41-6a-706.5 .
56 (3) A person operating a vehicle on a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic
57 shall operate the vehicle in the right-hand lane then available for traffic, or as close as
58 practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, except when:
59 (a) overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction;
60 (b) preparing to turn left; or
61 (c) taking a different highway or an exit on the left.
62 Section 2. Section 41-6a-708 is amended to read:
63 41-6a-708. Signs and markings on roadway -- No-passing zones -- Exceptions.
64 (1) (a) A highway authority may designate no-passing zones on any portion of a
65 highway under its jurisdiction if the highway authority determines passing is especially
67 (b) A highway authority shall designate a no-passing zone under Subsection (1)(a) by
68 placing appropriate traffic-control devices on the highway.
69 (2) A person operating a vehicle may not drive on the left side of:
70 (a) the roadway within the no-passing zone; or
71 (b) any pavement striping designed to mark the no-passing zone.
72 (3) Subsection (2) does not apply:
73 (a) under the conditions described under [
74 (c); or
75 (b) to a person operating a vehicle turning left onto or from an alley, private road, or
Legislative Review Note
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