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H.B. 297 Enrolled
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the Traffic Code by amending provisions relating to overtaking and
10 passing bicycles or mopeds on highways.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . provides that a person operating a vehicle may drive in a center lane that is a
14 two-way left turn lane to overtake and pass a bicycle or moped if:
15 . the center lane is on a roadway divided into three or more lanes that provides for
16 two-way movement of traffic and is clear of traffic within a safe distance;
17 . there is only one lane of travel in the direction the person operating the vehicle
18 is traveling; and
19 . the bicycle or moped is moving at less than the reasonable speed of traffic then
20 present; and
21 . makes technical changes.
22 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
24 Other Special Clauses:
26 Utah Code Sections Affected:
28 41-6a-710, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 292
30 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
31 Section 1. Section 41-6a-710 is amended to read:
32 41-6a-710. Roadway divided into marked lanes -- Provisions -- Traffic-control
34 On a roadway divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic the following
35 provisions apply:
36 (1) (a) A person operating a vehicle:
37 (i) shall keep the vehicle as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane; and
38 (ii) may not move the vehicle from the lane until the operator has reasonably
39 determined the movement can be made safely.
40 (b) A determination under Subsection (1)(a)(ii) is reasonable if a reasonable person
41 acting under the same conditions and having regard for actual and potential hazards then
42 existing would determine that the movement could be made safely.
43 (2) (a) On a roadway divided into three or more lanes and providing for two-way
44 movement of traffic, a person operating a vehicle may not drive in the center lane except:
46 and when the center lane is:
50 41-6a-801 ; or
52 direction that the vehicle is proceeding as indicated by traffic-control devices.
53 (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (2)(a)(i) and in accordance with Subsection (1)(a), a
54 person operating a vehicle may drive in a center lane that is a two-way left turn lane if:
55 (i) the center lane is:
56 (A) on a roadway divided into three or more lanes that provides for two-way
57 movement of traffic; and
58 (B) clear of traffic within a safe distance;
59 (ii) there is only one lane of travel in the direction the person operating the vehicle is
60 traveling; and
61 (iii) the person operating the vehicle is overtaking and passing a bicycle or moped that
62 is moving at less than the reasonable speed of traffic that is present.
63 (3) (a) A highway authority may erect traffic-control devices directing specified traffic
64 to use a designated lane or designating those lanes to be used by traffic moving in a particular
65 direction regardless of the center of the roadway.
66 (b) An operator of a vehicle shall obey the directions of a traffic-control device erected
67 under Subsection (3)(a).
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