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First Substitute S.B. 48

Senator Karen Hale proposes to substitute the following bill:


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PASSENGER LIMITATIONS FOR YOUNG

             2     
DRIVERS

             3     
2001 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

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Sponsor: Karen Hale

             6      This act modifies the Motor Vehicle Code to provide passenger limitations for certain young
             7      drivers. This act provides secondary enforcement of violations. This act takes effect July
             8      1, 2001.
             9      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             10      ENACTS:
             11          41-8-3, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             12      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             13          Section 1. Section 41-8-3 is enacted to read:
             14          41-8-3. Operation of vehicle by persons under 16 and six months -- Passenger
             15      limitations -- Exceptions -- Penalties.
             16          (1) In addition to the provisions of Title 53, Chapter 3, Uniform Driver License Act, a
             17      person, whether resident or nonresident of this state, may not operate a motor vehicle upon any
             18      highway of this state with any passenger who is not an immediate family member of the driver
             19      until the earlier of:
             20          (a) six months from the date the person's driver license was issued; or
             21          (b) the person reaches 18 years of age.
             22          (2) It is an affirmative defense to a charge under Subsection (1) that the person is operating
             23      a motor vehicle:
             24          (a) accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years of age who is occupying a seat next
             25      to the driver;


             26          (b) on assignment of a farmer or rancher and the driver is engaged in an agricultural
             27      operation;
             28          (c) with the written consent of the driver's parent or guardian to and from the driver's
             29      school, own school-sponsored activity, or religion-sponsored activity and the driver's residence;
             30      or
             31          (d) in an emergency.
             32          (3) In addition to any penalties imposed under Title 53, Chapter 3, Uniform Driver License
             33      Act, a violation of this section is a class C misdemeanor.
             34          (4) Enforcement of this section by state or local law enforcement officers shall be only as
             35      a secondary action when an operator of a motor vehicle has been detained for a suspected violation
             36      of Title 41, other than this section, or for another offense.
             37          Section 2. Effective date.
             38          This act takes effect on July 1, 2001.


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