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H.B. 140

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CHILD RESTRAINT DEVICE AMENDMENTS

             2     
2008 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Tim M. Cosgrove

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Senate Sponsor: Gregory S. Bell

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             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:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          41-6a-1803, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 2
             24     
             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:
             29          [(a)] (i) wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt;
             30          [(b)] (ii) provide for the protection of each person younger than [five] eight years of
             31      age by using a child restraint device to restrain each person in the manner prescribed by the
             32      manufacturer of the device; and
             33          [(c)] (iii) provide for the protection of each person [five] eight years of age up to 16
             34      years of age by[: (i) using an appropriate child restraint device to restrain each person in the
             35      manner prescribed by the manufacturer of the device; or (ii)] securing, or causing to be
             36      secured, 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
             42      (1)(a)(iii).
             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
             47      citation.
             48          (4) For a person 19 years of age or older who violates Subsection (1)(a)(i) or (2),
             49      enforcement by a state or local law enforcement officer shall be only as a secondary action
             50      when the person has been detained for a suspected violation of Title 41, Motor Vehicles, other
             51      than Subsection (1)(a)(i) or (2), or for another offense.




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