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S.B. 124

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LEAVING A CHILD UNATTENDED IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

             2     
2011 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Benjamin M. McAdams

             5     
House Sponsor: Lee B. Perry

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends the Utah Criminal Code by making it an infraction to leave a child
             10      unattended in a motor vehicle.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    defines terms;
             14          .    makes it a class C misdemeanor for a person who is responsible for a child under
             15      nine years of age to intentionally, recklessly, knowingly, or with criminal negligence
             16      leave a child in a motor vehicle if:
             17              .    the child is not supervised by a person who is at least 12 years old; and
             18              .    the conditions present a risk to the child's health or safety, the engine is running,
             19      or the keys are in the passenger compartment of the motor vehicle; and
             20          .    provides that this bill does not apply if the person's conduct that constitutes a
             21      violation of this bill is punishable as a class B misdemeanor, a class A
             22      misdemeanor, or a felony.
             23      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             24          None
             25      Other Special Clauses:
             26          None
             27      Utah Code Sections Affected:


             28      ENACTS:
             29          76-10-2202, Utah Code Annotated 1953
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             31      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          Section 1. Section 76-10-2202 is enacted to read:
             33          76-10-2202. Leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle.
             34          (1) As used in this section:
             35          (a) "Child" means a person who is younger than nine years old.
             36          (b) "Motor vehicle" means an automobile, truck, truck tractor, bus, or any other
             37      self-propelled vehicle.
             38          (2) A person who is responsible for a child is guilty of a class C misdemeanor if:
             39          (a) the person intentionally, recklessly, knowingly, or with criminal negligence leaves
             40      the child in a motor vehicle;
             41          (b) the child is not supervised by a person who is at least 12 years old; and
             42          (c) (i) the conditions present a risk to the child's health or safety;
             43          (ii) the engine of the motor vehicle is running; or
             44          (iii) the keys to the motor vehicle are in the passenger compartment of the motor
             45      vehicle.
             46          (3) This section does not apply if the person's conduct that constitutes a violation of
             47      this section is punishable as a class B misdemeanor, a class A misdemeanor, or a felony.




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