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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the Traffic Code by amending provisions relating to traffic violations
10 around school buses.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . provides that the operator of a vehicle on a highway, upon meeting or overtaking a
14 school bus equipped with signals, shall stop immediately and not closer than 50 feet
15 before reaching the bus when the bus has come to a complete stop and may not
16 proceed until:
17 . the bus has completed loading or unloading school children; and
18 . the flashing red light signals cease operation;
19 . provides that the operator of a vehicle, upon meeting or overtaking a school bus
20 which is displaying alternating flashing red light signals visible from the front or
21 rear, shall stop not closer than 50 feet before reaching the bus;
22 . repeals the requirement that a school district transportation coordinator send a
23 notification letter to the last-known registered owner of the vehicle if the
24 coordinator receives a report that a school bus operator witnessed a violation of
25 certain passing school bus provisions;
26 . requires the school district transportation coordinator to file a school bus passing
27 violation report with the local law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction for the
28 alleged violation; and
29 . makes technical changes.
30 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
32 Other Special Clauses:
34 Utah Code Sections Affected:
36 41-6a-1302, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 2
37 41-6a-1303, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 2
39 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
40 Section 1. Section 41-6a-1302 is amended to read:
41 41-6a-1302. School bus -- Signs and light signals -- Flashing amber lights --
42 Flashing red lights -- Passing school bus -- Duty to stop -- Travel in opposite direction --
44 (1) A school bus, when operated for the transportation of school children, shall:
45 (a) bear on the front and rear of the bus a plainly visible sign containing the words
46 "school bus" in letters not less than eight inches in height, which shall be removed or covered
47 when the vehicle is not in use for the transportation of school children; and
48 (b) be equipped with alternating flashing amber and red light signals visible from the
49 front and rear, of a type approved and mounted as required under Section 41-6a-1301 and
50 prescribed by the department under Section 41-6a-1601 .
51 (2) The operator of a vehicle on a highway, upon meeting or overtaking a school bus
52 equipped with signals required under this section [
53 (a) shall stop immediately and not closer than 50 feet before reaching the bus when the
54 bus has come to a complete stop and may not proceed until:
55 (i) the bus has completed loading or unloading school children; and
56 (ii) the flashing red light signals cease operation;
58 slow the vehicle, but may proceed past the school bus using due care and caution at a speed not
59 greater than specified in Subsection 41-6a-601 (2) for school zones for the safety of the school
60 children that may be in the vicinity; or
62 or rear, shall stop immediately and not closer than 50 feet before reaching the bus and may not
63 proceed until the flashing red light signals cease operation.
64 (3) The operator of a vehicle need not stop upon meeting or passing a school bus
65 displaying alternating flashing red light signals if the school bus is traveling in the opposite
66 direction when:
67 (a) traveling on a divided highway;
68 (b) the bus is stopped at an intersection or other place controlled by a traffic-control
69 signal or by a peace officer; or
70 (c) on a highway of five or more lanes, which may include a left-turn lane or two-way
71 left turn lane.
72 (4) (a) The operator of a school bus shall operate alternating flashing red light signals
73 at all times when:
74 (i) children are unloading from a school bus to cross a highway;
75 (ii) a school bus is stopped for the purpose of loading children who must cross a
76 highway to board the bus; or
77 (iii) it would be hazardous for vehicles to proceed past the stopped school bus.
78 (b) The alternating flashing red light signals may not be operated except:
79 (i) when the school bus is stopped for loading or unloading school children; or
80 (ii) for an emergency purpose.
81 (5) The operator of a school bus being operated on a highway shall have the headlights
82 of the school bus lighted.
83 (6) (a) A violation of Subsection (2) or (3) is a class C misdemeanor and the minimum
84 fine is:
85 (i) $100 for a first offense;
86 (ii) $200 for a second offense within three years of a previous conviction or bail
87 forfeiture; and
88 (iii) $500 for a third or subsequent offense within three years of a previous conviction
89 or bail forfeiture.
90 (b) A violation of Subsection (5) is a class C misdemeanor and the fine is $50.
91 (c) The court may order the person to perform compensatory service in lieu of the fine
92 or any portion of the fine if the court makes the reasons for the waiver part of the record.
93 (7) The Driver License Division shall develop and implement a record system to
95 (a) a conviction or bail forfeiture under this section from other convictions; and
96 (b) between a first and subsequent conviction or bail forfeiture under this section.
97 Section 2. Section 41-6a-1303 is amended to read:
98 41-6a-1303. Passing a school bus complaint procedure.
99 (1) (a) An operator of a school bus who observes a violation of Subsection
100 41-6a-1302 (2) or (3) may prepare a report, in a manner specified by the school district, to the
101 school district transportation coordinator no more than two working days after the alleged
102 violation occurred.
103 (b) The report under Subsection (1)(a) shall contain:
104 (i) the date, time, and location of the violation;
105 (ii) the license plate number and state and description of the offending vehicle;
106 (iii) as much as practical, a description of the operator of the offending vehicle;
107 (iv) a description of the incident involving the violation;
108 (v) information on how to contact the school bus operator who witnessed the offense;
110 (vi) the signature of the operator of the school bus who witnessed the offense attesting
111 to the accuracy of the report.
112 (2) [
120 the report with the local law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction for the alleged violation.
121 (3) A law enforcement agency that receives a report in accordance with Subsection (2)
122 may have a peace officer initiate an investigation of the reported violation.
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as of 2-15-12 4:08 PM