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First Substitute S.J.R. 8

Senator Karen Mayne proposes the following substitute bill:


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JOINT RESOLUTION CONCERNING RAILROAD AND

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RAILROAD CROSSING SAFETY

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2013 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Karen Mayne

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House Sponsor: Craig Hall

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This joint resolution of the Legislature encourages the Utah Driver License Division to
             11      include testing and education on safe motor vehicle operation in and around rail lines
             12      and railroad grade crossings when issuing licenses to operate motor vehicles.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This resolution:
             15          .    recognizes the importance of safety awareness on the road and the need for
             16      operators of motor vehicles to act with courtesy and respect when operating motor
             17      vehicles;
             18          .    encourages the Utah Driver License Division to include testing on safe motor
             19      vehicle operation in and around rail lines and railroad grade crossings when issuing
             20      licenses to operate motor vehicles;
             21          .    encourages the Utah Driver License Division to include safe vehicular driver
             22      behavior around railroad grade crossings and railroad grade crossing safety as a
             23      component in driver education;
             24          .    encourages the Driver License Division to prepare materials designed to educate
             25      new and current operators of motor vehicles in Utah on safe vehicle operation in


             26      and around rail lines and railroad grade crossings; and
             27          .    encourages operators of motor vehicles to increase safety by modifying their
             28      behavior around railroad grade crossings and railroad property.
             29      Special Clauses:
             30          None
             31     
             32      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             33          WHEREAS, the increase in both freight train and commuter train traffic through the
             34      existing and new rail corridors along the Wasatch Front has resulted in higher numbers of
             35      motor vehicle and train incidents;
             36          WHEREAS, nearly all motor vehicle and train collisions are avoidable;
             37          WHEREAS, the Legislature of the state of Utah recognizes that safety awareness on the
             38      road is of paramount importance to our citizens and communities and that each operator of a
             39      motor vehicle should act with courtesy and respect towards operators of other motor vehicles;
             40          WHEREAS, currently, the Driver License Division prepares education materials and
             41      testing to assure that individuals seeking a license to operate a motor vehicle understand the
             42      laws and rules governing the safe operation of a motor vehicle;
             43          WHEREAS, testing on the safe operation of a motor vehicle in proximity to rail lines
             44      and rail grade crossings may result in fewer motor vehicle and train collisions; and
             45          WHEREAS, utilizing education materials on the safe operation of a motor vehicle in
             46      proximity to rail lines and rail grade crossings will help increase awareness among new and
             47      current operators of motor vehicles in Utah on this important issue:
             48          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             49      recognizes that safety awareness on the road is of paramount importance to our citizens and
             50      communities and that each operator of a motor vehicle should act with courtesy and respect
             51      towards operators of other motor vehicles.
             52          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature encourages the Utah Driver License
             53      Division to include testing on safe motor vehicle operation in and around rail lines and railroad
             54      grade crossings when issuing licenses to operate motor vehicles.
             55          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature encourages the Utah Driver License
             56      Division to include safe vehicular driver behavior around railroad grade crossings and railroad


             57      grade crossing safety as a component in driver education.
             58          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature encourages the Driver License
             59      Division to prepare materials designed to educate new and current operators of motor vehicles
             60      in Utah on safe vehicle operation in and around rail lines and railroad grade crossings.
             61          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature encourages operators of motor
             62      vehicles to modify their behavior around railroad grade crossings and railroad property to
             63      increase safety.
             64          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Utah Driver
             65      License Division.


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