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Senate Committee Amendments 2-7-2011 rd/sch




Chief Sponsor: Ross I. Romero

House Sponsor: Wayne A. Harper


             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies the Motor Vehicles Code by amending provisions relating to a person
             11      younger than 18 years of age using a wireless telephone while operating a motor
             12      vehicle.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    prohibits a person younger than 18 years of age from using a wireless telephone
             16      while operating a motor vehicle;
             17          .    provides affirmative defenses to the wireless telephone prohibition;
             18          .    specifies a penalty for violating the wireless telephone prohibition; S. [ and ]
             18a          . provides that a violation of the wireless telephone prohibition is not a reportable
             18b      violation; and
             19          .     .S prohibits the Driver License Division from assessing points against a person's
             20      driving record for being convicted of violating the wireless telephone prohibition.
             21      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          None
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             26      ENACTS:
             27          41-8-4, Utah Code Annotated 1953

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             29      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             30          Section 1. Section 41-8-4 is enacted to read:
             31          41-8-4. Operation of a vehicle by a person under 18 -- Use of wireless telephones
             32      prohibited -- Exceptions -- Penalty.
             33          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), a person younger than 18 years of age,
             34      whether a resident or nonresident of this state, may not use a wireless telephone while
             35      operating a motor vehicle upon a highway of this state.
             36          (2) It is an affirmative defense to a violation of this section that a person younger than
             37      18 years of age was using a wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle:
             38          (a) during a medical emergency;
             39          (b) when reporting a safety hazard or requesting assistance relating to a safety hazard;
             40          (c) when reporting a criminal activity or requesting assistance relating to a criminal
             41      activity; or
             42          (d) when communicating with a parent or legal guardian.
             43          (3) A person who violates this section is guilty of an infraction and shall be fined a
             44      maximum of $50.
             45          (4) S. [ Upon receiving a record of conviction under this section, ] A violation of this section
             45a      is not a reportable violation and .S the Driver License
             46      Division may not assess points against the driving record of the person who violates this
             47      section under Section 53-3-221 .

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