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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Usage Act by amending provisions
10 relating to safety belt enforcement.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . provides definitions;
14 . provides that the secondary enforcement provisions for certain safety belt violations
15 by a person 19 years of age or older does not apply to a person 19 years of age or
16 older who is operating a commercial vehicle or a public vehicle; and
17 . makes technical changes.
18 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
20 Other Special Clauses:
22 Utah Code Sections Affected:
24 41-6a-1803, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 160
26 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
27 Section 1. Section 41-6a-1803 is amended to read:
28 41-6a-1803. Driver and passengers -- Seat belt or child restraint device required.
29 (1) (a) The operator of a motor vehicle operated on a highway shall:
30 (i) wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt;
31 (ii) provide for the protection of each person younger than eight years of age by using a
32 child restraint device to restrain each person in the manner prescribed by the manufacturer of
33 the device; and
34 (iii) provide for the protection of each person eight years of age up to 16 years of age
35 by securing, or causing to be secured, a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt on each
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
48 (4) (a) As used in this Subsection (4):
49 (i) "Commercial vehicle" means:
50 (A) any vehicle driven by an employer's employee or authorized worker for work
51 transportation as a company car or vanpool vehicle;
52 (B) a tow truck as defined in Section 72-9-102 ;
53 (C) a vehicle that is used or licensed as a taxicab or limousine; and
54 (D) a motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer used or maintained for business,
55 compensation, or profit to transport passengers or property on a highway.
56 (ii) "Local agency" has the same meaning as defined in Section 63A-9-101 .
57 (iii) "Public vehicle" means:
58 (A) a state vehicle as defined in Section 63A-9-101 ; or
59 (B) a motor vehicle owned, operated, or in possession of a local agency.
61 who violates Subsection (1)(a)(i) or (2), enforcement by a state or local law enforcement officer
62 shall be only as a secondary action when the person has been detained for a suspected violation
63 of Title 41, Motor Vehicles, other than Subsection (1)(a)(i) or (2), or for another offense.
64 (c) The secondary enforcement provision under Subsection (4)(b) does not apply to a
65 person 19 years of age or older if the person is operating:
66 (i) a commercial vehicle; or
67 (ii) a public vehicle.
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-5-09 4:07 PM