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TRAFFIC ACCIDENT EMERGENCY RESPONSE FEES

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2012 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: J. Stuart Adams

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House Sponsor: Gregory H. Hughes

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Traffic Code by amending provisions relating to emergency
             10      response fees for motor vehicle accidents.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    prohibits the Department of Transportation or the Utah Highway Patrol Division, or
             14      a person who contracts with the Department of Transportation or the Utah Highway
             15      Patrol Division to provide emergency services, from imposing a flat fee, or
             16      collecting a flat fee, from an individual involved in a motor vehicle accident;
             17          .    provides that the Department of Transportation or the Utah Highway Patrol
             18      Division, or a person who contracts with the Department of Transportation or the
             19      Utah Highway Patrol Division to provide emergency services, may only charge the
             20      individual for certain costs of services provided; and
             21          .    requires the Department of Transportation or the Utah Highway Patrol Division or a
             22      person contracting with the Department of Transportation or the Utah Highway
             23      Patrol Division, to apportion the charges so that it does not receive more for
             24      responding to the motor vehicle accident than the actual response cost if charges are
             25      imposed on more than one individual.
             26      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             27          None
             28      Other Special Clauses:
             29          None


             30      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             31      ENACTS:
             32          41-6a-409, Utah Code Annotated 1953
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             34      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             35          Section 1. Section 41-6a-409 is enacted to read:
             36          41-6a-409. Prohibition of flat response fee for motor vehicle accident.
             37          (1) The Department of Transportation or the Utah Highway Patrol Division, or a
             38      person who contracts with the Department of Transportation or the Utah Highway Patrol
             39      Division to provide emergency services:
             40          (a) may not impose a flat fee, or collect a flat fee, from an individual involved in a
             41      motor vehicle accident; and
             42          (b) may only charge the individual for the actual cost of services provided in
             43      responding to the motor vehicle accident, limited to:
             44          (i) medical costs for:
             45          (A) transporting an individual from the scene of a motor vehicle accident; or
             46          (B) treatment of a person injured in a motor vehicle accident;
             47          (ii) repair to damaged public property, if the individual is legally liable for the damage;
             48          (iii) the cost of materials used in cleaning up the motor vehicle accident, if the
             49      individual is legally liable for the motor vehicle accident; and
             50          (iv) towing costs.
             51          (2) If the Department of Transportation or the Utah Highway Patrol Division, or a
             52      person who contracts with the Department of Transportation or the Utah Highway Patrol
             53      Division to provide emergency services, imposes a charge on more than one individual for the
             54      actual cost of responding to a motor vehicle accident, the Department of Transportation or the
             55      Utah Highway Patrol Division or the person contracting with the Department of Transportation
             56      or the Utah Highway Patrol Division shall apportion the charges so that it does not receive
             57      more for responding to the motor vehicle accident than the actual response cost.


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