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APPROACHING STATIONARY EMERGENCY VEHICLE

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AMENDMENTS

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2011 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Don L. Ipson

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Senate Sponsor: John L. Valentine

             7      Cosponsors:
             8      Fred C. Cox
             9      Susan Duckworth
             10      Richard A. Greenwood
             11      Lynn N. HemingwayNeal B. Hendrickson
Lee B. Perry
Marie H. Poulson
Douglas Sagers
Jennifer M. SeeligEvan J. Vickers
Christine F. Watkins
Mark A. Wheatley
Larry B. Wiley              12     
             13      LONG TITLE
             14      General Description:
             15          This bill modifies the Traffic Code.
             16      Highlighted Provisions:
             17          This bill:
             18          .    requires an individual who approaches emergency vehicles in violation of current
             19      law to attend a live four hour classroom course or a court traffic school program on
             20      defensive driving within 90 days of sentencing or pleading guilty;
             21          .    provides a 90 day driver license suspension if an individual fails to attend the
             22      course; and
             23          .    makes technical changes.
             24      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             25          None
             26      Other Special Clauses:
             27          None
             28      Utah Code Sections Affected:


             29      AMENDS:
             30          41-6a-904, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 2
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             32      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             33          Section 1. Section 41-6a-904 is amended to read:
             34           41-6a-904. Approaching emergency vehicle -- Necessary signals -- Stationary
             35      emergency vehicle -- Duties of respective operators.
             36          (1) Except when otherwise directed by a peace officer, the operator of a vehicle, upon
             37      the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle using audible or visual signals
             38      under Section 41-6a-212 or 41-6a-1625 , shall:
             39          (a) yield the right-of-way and immediately move to a position parallel to, and as close
             40      as possible to, the right-hand edge or curb of the highway, clear of any intersection; and
             41          (b) then stop and remain stopped until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.
             42          (2) The operator of a vehicle, upon approaching a stationary authorized emergency
             43      vehicle that is displaying alternately flashing red, red and white, or red and blue lights, shall:
             44          (a) reduce the speed of the vehicle;
             45          (b) provide as much space as practical to the stationary authorized emergency vehicle;
             46      and
             47          (c) if traveling in a lane adjacent to the stationary authorized emergency vehicle and if
             48      practical, with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, make a lane change into a lane not
             49      adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle.
             50          (3) The operator of a vehicle, upon approaching a stationary tow truck or highway
             51      maintenance vehicle that is displaying flashing amber lights, shall:
             52          (a) reduce the speed of the vehicle; and
             53          (b) provide as much space as practical to the stationary tow truck or highway
             54      maintenance vehicle.
             55          (4) This section does not relieve the operator of an authorized emergency vehicle, tow
             56      truck, or highway maintenance vehicle from the duty to drive with regard for the safety of all


             57      persons using the highway.
             58          (5) (a) In addition to the penalties prescribed under Section 41-6a-202 , an individual in
             59      violation of this section shall attend a four hour live classroom course on driving safety offered
             60      by an entity affiliated with the National Safety Council or a court approved traffic school
             61      program on defensive driving.
             62          (b) An individual who fails to provide to the Driver License Division a certificate of
             63      attendance of the classroom course required under Subsection (5)(a), within 60 days of
             64      sentencing or of pleading guilty, shall have the individual's driver license suspended for a
             65      period of 90 days.


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