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H.B. 13

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PROTECTION OF CHILDREN RIDING IN MOTOR

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VEHICLES

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2013 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Patrice M. Arent

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Senate Sponsor: Aaron Osmond

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      Committee Note:
             10          The Health and Human Services Interim Committee recommended this bill.
             11      General Description:
             12          This bill modifies the Motor Vehicles Code by enacting a restriction on smoking in a
             13      motor vehicle when a child is present.
             14      Highlighted Provisions:
             15          This bill:
             16          .    defines smoking;
             17          .    prohibits a person from smoking in a motor vehicle if a child who is 15 years of age
             18      or younger is a passenger in the vehicle;
             19          .    provides that violating the smoking prohibition is an infraction and has a maximum
             20      fine of $45;
             21          .    provides that until July 1, 2014, a peace officer may not issue a citation to an
             22      individual for a violation of this section but shall issue the individual a warning
             23      informing the individual that smoking is prohibited in a motor vehicle if a child who
             24      is 15 years of age or younger is a passenger in the vehicle;
             25          .    provides that a court may suspend the fine for a violation if the person has not
             26      previously been convicted of smoking in a vehicle when a child is present and
             27      proves that the person has enrolled in a smoking cessation program;


             28          .    provides that enforcement of the smoking prohibition shall be only as a secondary
             29      action; and
             30          .    provides that a violation of the smoking prohibition may not be used as a basis for
             31      or evidence of child abuse or neglect.
             32      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             33          None
             34      Other Special Clauses:
             35          None
             36      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             37      ENACTS:
             38          41-6a-1717, Utah Code Annotated 1953
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             40      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             41          Section 1. Section 41-6a-1717 is enacted to read:
             42          41-6a-1717. Smoking in a vehicle prohibited when child is present -- Penalty --
             43      Enforcement.
             44          (1) As used in this section, "smoking" has the same meaning as defined in Section
             45      26-38-2 .
             46          (2) Smoking is prohibited in a motor vehicle if a child who is 15 years of age or
             47      younger is a passenger in the vehicle.
             48          (3) A person who violates this section is guilty of an infraction and is subject to a
             49      maximum fine of $45.
             50          (4) Until July 1, 2014, a peace officer may not issue a citation to an individual for a
             51      violation of this section but shall issue the individual a warning informing the individual that
             52      smoking is prohibited in a motor vehicle if a child who is 15 years of age or younger is a
             53      passenger in the vehicle.
             54          (5) The court may suspend the fine for a violation of this section if:
             55          (a) the person has not previously been convicted of a violation of this section; and
             56          (b) the person proves to the court that the person has enrolled in a smoking cessation
             57      program.
             58          (6) Enforcement of this section by a state or local law enforcement officer shall be only


             59      as a secondary action when the vehicle has been detained for a suspected violation by any
             60      person in the vehicle of Title 41, Motor Vehicles, other than this section, or for another offense.
             61          (7) A violation of this section may not be used as a basis for or evidence of child abuse
             62      or neglect.




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