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Chief Sponsor: Wayne A. Harper

Senate Sponsor: Michael G. Waddoups

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies the Motor Vehicles Code by prohibiting a local highway authority
             11      from enacting certain provisions.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    provides that a local highway authority may not prohibit or restrict the use of a
             15      cellular phone by the operator or passenger of a motor vehicle; and
             16          .    makes technical changes.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          41-6a-208, as renumbered and amended by Chapter 2, Laws of Utah 2005
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 41-6a-208 is amended to read:
             27           41-6a-208. Regulatory powers of local highway authorities -- Traffic-control
             28      device affecting state highway -- Necessity of erecting traffic-control devices.
             29          (1) The provisions of this chapter do not prevent a local highway authority for a

             30      highway under its jurisdiction and within the reasonable exercise of police power, from:
             31          (a) regulating or prohibiting stopping, standing, or parking;
             32          (b) regulating traffic by means of a peace officer or a traffic-control device;
             33          (c) regulating or prohibiting processions or assemblages on a highway;
             34          (d) designating particular highways or roadways for use by traffic moving in one
             35      direction under Section 41-6a-709 ;
             36          (e) establishing speed limits for vehicles in public parks, which supersede Section
             37      41-6a-603 regarding speed limits;
             38          (f) designating any highway as a through highway or designating any intersection or
             39      junction of roadways as a stop or yield intersection or junction;
             40          (g) restricting the use of a highway under Section 72-7-408 ;
             41          (h) regulating the operation of a bicycle and requiring the registration and inspection of
             42      bicycles, including requiring a registration fee;
             43          (i) regulating or prohibiting:
             44          (i) certain turn movements of a vehicle; or
             45          (ii) specified types of vehicles;
             46          (j) altering or establishing speed limits under Section 41-6a-603 ;
             47          (k) requiring written accident reports under Section 41-6a-403 ;
             48          (l) designating no-passing zones under Section 41-6a-708 ;
             49          (m) prohibiting or regulating the use of controlled-access [roadways] highways by any
             50      class or kind of traffic under Section 41-6a-715 ;
             51          (n) prohibiting or regulating the use of heavily traveled streets by any class or kind of
             52      traffic found to be incompatible with the normal and safe movement of traffic;
             53          (o) establishing minimum speed limits under Subsection 41-6a-605 (3);
             54          (p) prohibiting pedestrians from crossing a highway in a business district or any
             55      designated highway except in a crosswalk under Section 41-6a-1001 ;
             56          (q) restricting pedestrian crossings at unmarked crosswalks under Section 41-6a-1010 ;
             57          (r) regulating persons upon skates, coasters, sleds, skateboards, and other toy vehicles;

             58          (s) adopting and enforcing temporary or experimental ordinances as necessary to cover
             59      emergencies or special conditions;
             60          (t) prohibiting drivers of ambulances from exceeding maximum speed limits; or
             61          (u) adopting other traffic ordinances as specifically authorized by this chapter.
             62          (2) [In] A local highway authority may not:
             63          (a) in accordance with Title 72, Chapter 3, Part 1, Highways in General, [a local
             64      highway authority may not] erect or maintain any official traffic-control device at any location
             65      which regulates the traffic on a highway not under the local highway authority's jurisdiction,
             66      unless written approval is obtained from the highway authority having jurisdiction over the
             67      highway[.]; or
             68          (b) prohibit or restrict the use of a cellular phone by the operator or passenger of a
             69      motor vehicle.
             70          (3) An ordinance enacted under Subsection (1) (d), (e), (f), (g), (i), (j), (l), (m), (n), or
             71      (q) is not effective until official traffic-control devices giving notice of the local traffic
             72      ordinances are erected upon or at the entrances to the highway or part of it affected as is
             73      appropriate.

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