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S.B. 179

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SAFETY BELT ENFORCEMENT AMENDMENTS

             2     
2009 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

             5     
House Sponsor: Rebecca D. Lockhart

             6     
             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:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          41-6a-1803, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 160
             25     
             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
             36      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) (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.
             60          [(4) For] (b) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(c), a person 19 years of age or older
             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.




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