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First Substitute H.B. 67

Representative Kory M. Holdaway proposes the following substitute bill:




Sponsor: Kory M. Holdaway

             5      This act modifies the Motor Vehicle Code to create the offense of inattentive driving. The
             6      act provides a penalty and an exception to the offense.
             7      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             8      ENACTS:
             9          41-6-109.1, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             10      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             11          Section 1. Section 41-6-109.1 is enacted to read:
             12          41-6-109.1. Inattentive driving defined and prohibited -- Penalty -- Exemptions --
             13      Local ordinances.
             14          (1) A person is guilty of inattentive driving who commits a moving traffic violation under
             15      Title 41, Chapter 6, Traffic Rules and Regulations, while:
             16          (a) using a device including a phone, computer, or facsimile machine h , UNLESS BEING
             16a      USED WITH A HANDS-FREE DEVICE h ;
             17          (b) attending to personal hygiene or grooming;
             18          (c) eating, drinking, or smoking;
             19          (d) changing articles of clothing;
             20          (e) physically attending to a passenger;
             21          (f) observing a television or video display; h [ or ] h
             22          (g) reading handheld material h ; OR
             22a          (h) ADJUSTING A RADIO, CD PLAYER, CASSETTE PLAYER h .
             23          (2) In addition to any penalty imposed for any moving traffic violation under Title 41,
             24      Chapter 6, Traffic Rules and Regulations, a person who commits inattentive driving under
             25      Subsection (1) shall be assessed an additional fine of not more than $50.

             26          (3) A person acting within the provisions authorized under Subsection 41-6-154.20 (2)(a)
             27      is not guilty of a violation of Subsection (1).
             28          (4) Any ordinance enacted by the governing body of a political subdivision that restricts
             29      driving while engaged in any of the activities listed in Subsection (1) shall be essentially identical
             30      to the provisions of this section and may not impose a harsher penalty than the fine assessed under
             31      Subsection (2).

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