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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the Traffic Code by amending provisions relating to safety belt
10 restraint requirements.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . provides that a state or local law enforcement officer may only enforce the safety
14 belt restraint requirement as a secondary action on a highway with a posted speed
15 limit of less than 55 miles per hour; and
16 . makes technical changes.
17 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
19 Other Special Clauses:
21 Utah Code Sections Affected:
23 41-6a-1803, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 160
25 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
26 Section 1. Section 41-6a-1803 is amended to read:
27 41-6a-1803. Driver and passengers -- Safety belt or child restraint device
29 (1) (a) The operator of a motor vehicle operated on a highway shall:
30 (i) wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt;
31 (ii) provide for the protection of each person younger than eight years of age by using a
32 child restraint device to restrain each person in the manner prescribed by the manufacturer of
33 the device; and
34 (iii) provide for the protection of each person from eight years of age [
35 of age by securing, or causing to be secured, a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt on
36 each person.
37 (b) Notwithstanding the requirement under Subsection (1)(a)(ii), a child under eight
38 years of age who is 57 inches tall or taller:
39 (i) is exempt from the requirement in Subsection (1)(a)(ii) to be in a child restraint
40 device; and
41 (ii) shall use a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt as required in Subsection
43 (2) A passenger who is 16 years of age or older of a motor vehicle operated on a
44 highway shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt.
45 (3) If more than one person is not using a child restraint device or is not wearing a
46 safety belt, in violation of Subsection (1), it is only one offense and the driver may receive only
47 one citation.
48 (4) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(b), a state or local law enforcement officer
49 shall enforce a violation of this section as a primary offense.
51 enforcement by a state or local law enforcement officer shall be only as a secondary action
53 (i) has been detained for a suspected violation of Title 41, Motor Vehicles, other than
54 Subsection (1)(a)(i) or (2), or for another offense[
55 (ii) was operating the motor vehicle or was a passenger in a motor vehicle being
56 operated on a highway with a posted speed limit of less than 55 miles per hour.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-17-13 1:03 PM