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H.B. 140 Enrolled
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the Motor Vehicles Code by amending provisions relating to child
10 restraint devices and safety belts.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . requires that the operator of a motor vehicle shall provide for the protection of a
14 person younger than eight years of age by using an appropriate child restraint device
15 with certain exceptions; and
16 . makes technical changes.
17 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
19 Other Special Clauses:
21 Utah Code Sections Affected:
23 41-6a-1803, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 2
25 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
26 Section 1. Section 41-6a-1803 is amended to read:
27 41-6a-1803. Driver and passengers -- Seat belt or child restraint device required.
28 (1) (a) The operator of a motor vehicle operated on a highway shall:
31 by using a child restraint device to restrain each person in the manner prescribed by the
32 manufacturer of the device; and
34 years of age by[
36 a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt on each person.
37 (b) Notwithstanding the requirement under Subsection (1)(a)(ii), a child under eight
38 years of age who is 57 inches tall or taller:
39 (i) is exempt from the requirement in Subsection (1)(a)(ii) to be in a child restraint
40 device; and
41 (ii) shall use a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt as required in Subsection
43 (2) A passenger who is 16 years of age or older of a motor vehicle operated on a
44 highway shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt.
45 (3) If more than one person is not using a child restraint device or wearing a safety belt
46 in violation of Subsection (1), it is only one offense and the driver may receive only one citation.
47 (4) For a person 19 years of age or older who violates Subsection (1)(a)(i) or (2),
48 enforcement by a state or local law enforcement officer shall be only as a secondary action when
49 the person has been detained for a suspected violation of Title 41, Motor Vehicles, other than
50 Subsection (1)(a)(i) or (2), or for another offense.
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