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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill modifies the Traffic Code.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . requires an individual who approaches emergency vehicles in violation of current
14 law to attend a live four hour classroom course H. or a court traffic school program .H on
14a defensive driving within H. [
15 of sentencing or pleading guilty;
16 H. [
17 individual has attended the course;
18 . provides a 90 day driver license suspension if an individual fails to attend the
19 course; and
20 . makes technical changes.
21 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
23 Other Special Clauses:
25 Utah Code Sections Affected:
27 41-6a-904, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 2
29 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
30 Section 1. Section 41-6a-904 is amended to read:
31 41-6a-904. Approaching emergency vehicle -- Necessary signals -- Stationary
32 emergency vehicle -- Duties of respective operators.
33 (1) Except when otherwise directed by a peace officer, the operator of a vehicle, upon
34 the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle using audible or visual signals
35 under Section 41-6a-212 or 41-6a-1625 , shall:
36 (a) yield the right-of-way and immediately move to a position parallel to, and as close
37 as possible to, the right-hand edge or curb of the highway, clear of any intersection; and
38 (b) then stop and remain stopped until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.
39 (2) The operator of a vehicle, upon approaching a stationary authorized emergency
40 vehicle that is displaying alternately flashing red, red and white, or red and blue lights, shall:
41 (a) reduce the speed of the vehicle;
42 (b) provide as much space as practical to the stationary authorized emergency vehicle;
44 (c) if traveling in a lane adjacent to the stationary authorized emergency vehicle and if
45 practical, with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, make a lane change into a lane not
46 adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle.
47 (3) The operator of a vehicle, upon approaching a stationary tow truck or highway
48 maintenance vehicle that is displaying flashing amber lights, shall:
49 (a) reduce the speed of the vehicle; and
50 (b) provide as much space as practical to the stationary tow truck or highway
51 maintenance vehicle.
52 (4) This section does not relieve the operator of an authorized emergency vehicle, tow
53 truck, or highway maintenance vehicle from the duty to drive with regard for the safety of all
54 persons using the highway.
55 (5) (a) In addition to the penalties prescribed under Section 41-6a-202 , an individual in
56 violation of this section shall attend a four hour live classroom course H. on driving safety
56a offered by an entity affiliated with the National Safety Council or a court approved traffic
56b school program .H on defensive driving H. [
57 is approved by the National Safety Council
58 (b) An individual who fails to provide to the Driver License Division a certificate of
59 attendance of the classroom course required under Subsection (5)(a), within S. [
60 sentencing or of pleading guilty, shall have the individual's driver license suspended for a
61 period of 90 days.
62 S. [
63 individual has attended the course required in this Subsection (5).
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-11-11 2:52 PM