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S.B. 170

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SUSPENSION OF DRIVING PRIVILEGES

             2     
2010 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Lyle W. Hillyard

             5     
House Sponsor: Jack R. Draxler

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Uniform Driver License Act by amending provisions relating to
             10      the suspension of driving privileges.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that a judge may order the revocation of a person's driver license for a
             14      period of one year if the person is convicted of careless driving and the violation
             15      causes or results in the death of another person;
             16          .    provides that the Driver License Division shall revoke, deny, suspend, or disqualify
             17      the license of a person upon receiving a record of the person's conviction for
             18      manslaughter or negligent homicide if the death of another person resulted from
             19      driving a motor vehicle;
             20          .    provides that a court shall forward the report of the manslaughter or negligent
             21      homicide conviction resulting from driving a motor vehicle to the Driver License
             22      Division; and
             23          .    makes technical changes.
             24      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             25          None
             26      Other Special Clauses:
             27          None


             28      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             29      AMENDS:
             30          41-6a-1715, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 292
             31          53-3-218, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 291
             32          76-5-205, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2001, First Special Session, Chapter 4
             33          76-5-206, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1973, Chapter 196
             34     
             35      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             36          Section 1. Section 41-6a-1715 is amended to read:
             37           41-6a-1715. Careless driving defined and prohibited.
             38          (1) A person operating a motor vehicle is guilty of careless driving if the person:
             39          (a) commits two or more moving traffic violations under this chapter in a series of acts
             40      within a single continuous period of driving covering three miles or less in total distance; or
             41          (b) commits a moving traffic violation under this chapter other than a moving traffic
             42      violation under Part 6, Speed Restrictions, while being distracted by one or more activities
             43      taking place within the vehicle that are not related to the operation of a motor vehicle,
             44      including:
             45          (i) using a wireless telephone or other electronic device unless the person is using
             46      hands-free talking and listening features while operating the motor vehicle;
             47          (ii) searching for an item in the vehicle; or
             48          (iii) attending to personal hygiene or grooming.
             49          (2) A violation of this section is a class C misdemeanor.
             50          (3) In addition to the penalty provided under this section or any other section, a judge
             51      may order the revocation of the convicted person's driver license if the violation causes or
             52      results in the death of another person in accordance with Subsection 53-3-218 (6).
             53          Section 2. Section 53-3-218 is amended to read:
             54           53-3-218. Court to report convictions and may recommend suspension of license
             55      -- Severity of speeding violation defined.
             56          (1) As used in this section, "conviction" means conviction by the court of first
             57      impression or final administrative determination in an administrative traffic proceeding.
             58          (2) (a) A court having jurisdiction over offenses committed under this chapter or any


             59      other law of this state, or under any municipal ordinance regulating driving motor vehicles on
             60      highways or driving motorboats on the water, shall forward to the division within 10 days, an
             61      abstract of the court record of the conviction or plea held in abeyance of any person in the court
             62      for a reportable traffic or motorboating violation of any laws or ordinances, and may
             63      recommend the suspension of the license of the person convicted.
             64          (b) When the division receives a court record of a conviction or plea in abeyance for a
             65      motorboat violation, the division may only take action against a person's driver license if the
             66      motorboat violation is for a violation of Title 41, Chapter 6a, Part 5, Driving Under the
             67      Influence and Reckless Driving.
             68          (3) The abstract shall be made in the form prescribed by the division and shall include:
             69          (a) the name, date of birth, and address of the party charged;
             70          (b) the license certificate number of the party charged, if any;
             71          (c) the registration number of the motor vehicle or motorboat involved;
             72          (d) whether the motor vehicle was a commercial motor vehicle;
             73          (e) whether the motor vehicle carried hazardous materials;
             74          (f) whether the motor vehicle carried 16 or more occupants;
             75          (g) whether the driver presented a commercial driver license;
             76          (h) the nature of the offense;
             77          (i) whether the offense involved an accident;
             78          (j) the driver's blood alcohol content, if applicable;
             79          (k) if the offense involved a speeding violation:
             80          (i) the posted speed limit;
             81          (ii) the actual speed; and
             82          (iii) whether the speeding violation occurred on a highway that is part of the interstate
             83      system as defined in Section 72-1-102 ;
             84          (l) the date of the hearing;
             85          (m) the plea;
             86          (n) the judgment or whether bail was forfeited; and
             87          (o) the severity of the violation, which shall be graded by the court as "minimum,"
             88      "intermediate," or "maximum" as established in accordance with Subsection 53-3-221 (4).
             89          (4) When a convicted person secures a judgment of acquittal or reversal in any


             90      appellate court after conviction in the court of first impression, the division shall reinstate [his]
             91      the convicted person's license immediately upon receipt of a certified copy of the judgment of
             92      acquittal or reversal.
             93          (5) Upon a conviction for a violation of the prohibition on using a handheld wireless
             94      communication device for text messaging or electronic mail communication while operating a
             95      moving motor vehicle under Section 41-6a-1716 , a judge may order a suspension of the
             96      convicted person's license for a period of three months.
             97          (6) Upon a conviction for a violation of careless driving under Section 41-6a-1715 that
             98      causes or results in the death of another person, a judge may order a revocation of the convicted
             99      person's license for a period of one year.
             100          Section 3. Section 76-5-205 is amended to read:
             101           76-5-205. Manslaughter.
             102          (1) Criminal homicide constitutes manslaughter if the actor:
             103          (a) recklessly causes the death of another;
             104          (b) commits a homicide which would be murder, but the offense is reduced pursuant to
             105      Subsection 76-5-203 (4); or
             106          (c) commits murder, but special mitigation is established under Section 76-5-205.5 .
             107          (2) Manslaughter is a felony of the second degree.
             108          (3) (a) In addition to the penalty provided under this section or any other section, a
             109      person who is convicted of violating this section shall have the person's driver license revoked
             110      under Section 53-3-220 if the death of another person results from driving a motor vehicle.
             111          (b) The court shall forward the report of the conviction resulting from driving a motor
             112      vehicle to the Driver License Division in accordance with Section 53-3-218 .
             113          Section 4. Section 76-5-206 is amended to read:
             114           76-5-206. Negligent homicide.
             115          (1) Criminal homicide constitutes negligent homicide if the actor, acting with criminal
             116      negligence, causes the death of another.
             117          (2) Negligent homicide is a class A misdemeanor.
             118          (3) (a) In addition to the penalty provided under this section or any other section, a
             119      person who is convicted of violating this section shall have the person's driver license revoked
             120      under Section 53-3-220 if the death of another person results from driving a motor vehicle.


             121          (b) The court shall forward the report of the conviction to the Driver License Division
             122      in accordance with Section 53-3-218 .




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