Title 41 Chapter 6a Section 704

Motor Vehicles
Traffic Code
Section 704
Overtaking and passing vehicles proceeding in same direction.

            

41-6a-704.   Overtaking and passing vehicles proceeding in same direction.

            (1) (a) On any highway:

            (i) the operator of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall:

            (A) except as provided under Section 41-6a-705, promptly pass the overtaken vehicle on the left at a safe distance; and

            (B) enter a right-hand lane or the right side of the roadway only when safely clear of the overtaken vehicle;

            (ii) the operator of an overtaken vehicle:

            (A) shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle; and

            (B) may not increase the speed of the vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.

            (b) The exemption from the minimum speed regulations for a vehicle operating on a grade under Section 41-6a-605 does not exempt the vehicle from promptly passing a vehicle as required under Subsection (1)(a)(i)(A).

            (2) On a highway having more than one lane in the same direction, the operator of a vehicle traveling in the left general purpose lane:

            (a) shall, upon being overtaken by another vehicle in the same lane, yield to the overtaking vehicle by moving safely to a lane to the right; and

            (b) may not impede the movement or free flow of traffic in the left general purpose lane.

            (3) An operator of a vehicle traveling in the left general purpose lane that has a vehicle following directly behind the operator's vehicle at a distance so that less than two seconds elapse before reaching the location of the operator's vehicle when space is available for the operator to yield to the overtaking vehicle by traveling in the right-hand lane is prima facie evidence that the operator is violating Subsection (2).

            (4) The provisions of Subsection (2) do not apply to an operator of a vehicle traveling in the left general purpose lane when:

            (a) overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction in accordance with Subsection (1)(a)(i);

            (b) preparing to turn left or taking a different highway or an exit on the left;

            (c) responding to emergency conditions;

            (d) avoiding actual or potential traffic moving onto the highway from an acceleration or merging lane; or

            (e) following the direction of a traffic-control device that directs the use of a designated lane.


Amended by Chapter 350, 2008 General Session