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5 This act modifies the Motor Vehicle Code to clarify the duties of drivers when approaching
6 stationary emergency vehicles on highways.
7 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
9 41-6-76, as last amended by Chapter 138, Laws of Utah 1987
10 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
11 Section 1. Section 41-6-76 is amended to read:
12 41-6-76. Approaching emergency vehicle -- Necessary signals -- Stationary
13 emergency vehicle -- Duties of respective operators.
14 (1) [
15 upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle using audible or visual signals
16 under Section 41-6-14 , 41-6-132 , or 41-6-146 or of a peace officer vehicle lawfully using an
17 audible or visual signal, [
18 (a) yield the right-of-way and immediately move to a position parallel to, and as close as
19 possible to, the right-hand edge or curb of the highway, clear of any intersection; and [
20 (b) then stop and remain there until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed[
22 (2) The operator of a vehicle, upon approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle
23 that is displaying alternately flashing red, red and white, or red and blue lights, shall:
24 (a) reduce the speed of the vehicle;
25 (b) provide as much space as practical to the stationary authorized emergency vehicle; and
26 (c) if traveling in a lane adjacent to the stationary authorized emergency vehicle and if
27 practical, with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, make a lane change into a lane not
28 adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle.
29 (3) The operator of a vehicle, upon approaching a stationary tow truck or highway
30 maintenance vehicle that is displaying alternately flashing amber lights, shall:
31 (a) reduce the speed of the vehicle; and
32 (b) provide as much space as practical to the stationary tow truck or highway maintenance
35 tow truck, or highway maintenance vehicle from the duty to drive with regard for the safety of all
36 persons using the highway.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-7-02 10:34 AM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.