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H.B. 366





Chief Sponsor: Paul Ray

Senate Sponsor: Darin G. Peterson

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Motor Vehicles Code by amending provisions relating to school
             10      speed zones and speed limits on state highways.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that Utah Department of Transportation rules governing school speed
             14      zones must provide for the extension of a reduced speed school zone if requested by
             15      a local highway authority;
             16          .    modifies the required elements of a traffic and engineering study used when
             17      establishing a speed limit on a state highway; and
             18          .    makes technical changes.
             19      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25          41-6a-303, as renumbered and amended by Chapter 2, Laws of Utah 2005
             26          41-6a-602, as renumbered and amended by Chapter 2, Laws of Utah 2005

             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 41-6a-303 is amended to read:
             30           41-6a-303. Definition of reduced speed school zone -- Operation of warning lights
             31      -- School crossing guard requirements -- Responsibility provisions -- Rulemaking
             32      authority.
             33          (1) As used in this section "reduced speed school zone" means a designated length of a
             34      highway extending from a school zone speed limit sign with warning lights operating to an end
             35      school zone sign.
             36          (2) The Department of Transportation for state highways and local highway authorities
             37      for highways under their jurisdiction:
             38          (a) shall establish reduced speed school zones at elementary schools after written
             39      assurance by a local highway authority that the local highway authority complies with
             40      Subsections (3) and (4); and
             41          (b) may establish reduced speed school zones for secondary schools at the request of
             42      the local highway authority.
             43          (3) For all reduced speed school zones on highways, including state highways within
             44      the jurisdictional boundaries of a local highway authority, the local highway authority shall:
             45          (a) (i) provide shuttle service across highways for school children; or
             46          (ii) provide, train, and supervise school crossing guards in accordance with this
             47      section;
             48          (b) provide for the:
             49          (i) operation of reduced speed school zones, including providing power to warning
             50      lights and turning on and off the warning lights as required under Subsections (4) and (5); and
             51          (ii) maintenance of reduced speed school zones except on state highways as provided
             52      in Section 41-6a-302 ; and
             53          (c) notify the Department of Transportation of reduced speed school zones on state
             54      highways that are in need of maintenance.
             55          (4) While children are going to or leaving school during opening and closing hours all
             56      reduced speed school zones shall have:
             57          (a) the warning lights operating on each school zone speed limit sign; and
             58          (b) a school crossing guard present if the reduced speed school zone is for an

             59      elementary school.
             60          (5) The warning lights on a school zone speed limit sign may not be operating except
             61      as provided under Subsection (4).
             62          (6) (a) In accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act,
             63      the Department of Transportation shall make rules establishing criteria and specifications for
             64      the:
             65          [(a)] (i) establishment, location, and operation of school crosswalks, school zones, and
             66      reduced speed school zones;
             67          [(b)] (ii) training, use, and supervision of school crossing guards at elementary schools
             68      and secondary schools; and
             69          [(c)] (iii) content and implementation of child access routing plans under Section
             70      53A-3-402 .
             71          (b) Rules established under Subsection (6)(a) shall provide for the extension of an
             72      existing reduced speed school zone if requested by a local highway authority.
             73          (7) Each local highway authority shall pay for providing, training, and supervising
             74      school crossing guards in accordance with this section.
             75          Section 2. Section 41-6a-602 is amended to read:
             76           41-6a-602. Speed limits established on state highways.
             77          (1) (a) The Department of Transportation may determine the reasonable and safe speed
             78      limit for each highway or section of highway under its jurisdiction.
             79          (b) Each speed limit shall be based on traffic engineering and safety studies for each
             80      highway or section of the highway.
             81          (c) The traffic engineering and safety studies [shall] may include:
             82          (i) the design speed;
             83          (ii) prevailing vehicle speeds;
             84          (iii) accident history;
             85          (iv) highway, traffic, and roadside conditions; [and] or
             86          (v) other highway safety factors.
             87          (2) In addition to the provisions of Subsection (1), the Department of Transportation
             88      may establish different speed limits on a highway or section of highway based on:
             89          (a) time of day;

             90          (b) highway construction;
             91          (c) type of vehicle;
             92          (d) weather conditions; and
             93          (e) other highway safety factors.
             94          (3) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(b), a posted speed limit may not exceed 65
             95      miles per hour.
             96          (b) A posted speed limit on a freeway or other limited access highways may not exceed
             97      75 miles per hour.
             98          (c) This Subsection (3) is an exception to the provisions of Subsections (1) and (2).
             99          (4) When establishing or changing a speed limit, the Department of Transportation
             100      shall consult with the following entities prior to erecting or changing a speed limit sign:
             101          (a) the county for state highways in an unincorporated area of the county;
             102          (b) the municipality for state highways within the municipality's incorporated area;
             103          (c) the Department of Public Safety; and
             104          (d) the Transportation Commission.
             105          (5) The speed limit is effective when appropriate signs giving notice are erected along
             106      the highway or section of the highway.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-30-06 11:04 AM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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