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H.B. 101





Chief Sponsor: Jim Nielson

Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions relating to safety on roadways and sidewalks.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    prohibits individuals from engaging in conduct that impedes or blocks traffic within
             13      certain roadways; and
             14          .    prohibits individuals from soliciting money or goods in an aggressive manner on
             15      sidewalks within 10 feet of the entrance or exit of a bank or an automated teller
             16      machine.
             17      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23           41-6a-1009 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 159
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 41-6a-1009 is amended to read:
             27           41-6a-1009. Use of roadway by pedestrians -- Prohibited activities.

             28          (1) Where there is a sidewalk provided and its use is practicable, a pedestrian may not
             29      walk along or on an adjacent roadway.
             30          (2) Where a sidewalk is not provided, a pedestrian walking along or on a highway shall
             31      walk only on the shoulder, as far as practicable from the edge of the roadway.
             32          (3) Where a sidewalk or a shoulder is not available, a pedestrian walking along or on a
             33      highway shall:
             34          (a) walk as near as practicable to the outside edge of the roadway; and
             35          (b) if on a two-way roadway, walk only on the left side of the roadway facing traffic.
             36          [(4) A person may not sit, stand, or loiter on or near a roadway for the purpose of
             37      soliciting from the occupant of a vehicle:]
             38          [(a) a ride;]
             39          [(b) contributions;]
             40          [(c) employment;]
             41          [(d) the parking, watching, or guarding of a vehicle; or]
             42          [(e) other business.]
             43          (4) (a) An individual may not engage in conduct that impedes or blocks traffic within
             44      any of the following:
             45          (i) an interstate system, as defined in Section 72-1-102 ;
             46          (ii) a freeway, as defined in Section 41-6a-102 ;
             47          (iii) a state highway, as defined in Title 72, Chapter 4, Designation of State Highways
             48      Act; or
             49          (iv) a state route, or "SR," as defined in Section 72-1-102 .
             50          (b) The locations described in Subsection (4)(a) include:
             51          (i) shoulder areas, as defined in Section 41-6a-102 ;
             52          (ii) on-ramps;
             53          (iii) off-ramps; and
             54          (iv) an area between the roadways of a divided highway, as defined in Section
             55      41-6a-102 .
             56          (c) The locations described in Subsection (4)(a) do not include sidewalks, as defined in
             57      Section 41-6a-102 .
             58          (d) Conduct that impedes or blocks traffic may include:

             59          (i) loitering;
             60          (ii) demonstrating or picketing;
             61          (iii) distributing materials;
             62          (iv) gathering signatures;
             63          (v) holding signs; or
             64          (vi) soliciting rides, contributions, or other business.
             65          (e) Conduct that impedes or blocks traffic does not include the conduct described in
             66      Section 41-6a-209 .
             67          (f) A county or municipality may adopt a resolution, ordinance, or regulation
             68      prohibiting conduct in locations described in Subsections (4)(a) and (b) within any of the
             69      roadways under its jurisdiction.
             70          (g) The state, a county, or a municipality may grant a person a temporary exemption
             71      from this Subsection (4) by written authorization for a specified location or time.
             72          (5) A pedestrian who is under the influence of alcohol or any drug to a degree which
             73      renders the pedestrian a hazard may not walk or be on a highway except on a sidewalk or
             74      sidewalk area.
             75          (6) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, a pedestrian on a roadway shall yield
             76      the right-of-way to all vehicles on the roadway.
             77          (7) A pedestrian may not walk along or on a no-access freeway facility except during
             78      an emergency.
             79          (8) (a) As used in this Subsection (8):
             80          (i) "Aggressive manner" means intentionally:
             81          (A) persisting in approaching or following an individual after the individual has
             82      negatively responded to the solicitation;
             83          (B) engaging in conduct that would cause a reasonable individual to fear imminent
             84      bodily harm;
             85          (C) engaging in conduct that would intimidate a reasonable individual into giving
             86      money or goods;
             87          (D) blocking the path of an individual; or
             88          (E) physically contacting an individual or the individual's personal property without
             89      that individual's consent.

             90          (ii) "Bank" is as defined in Section 13-42-102 .
             91          (iii) "Sidewalk" is as defined in Section 41-6a-102 .
             92          (b) An individual may not solicit money or goods from another individual in an
             93      aggressive manner:
             94          (i) during the business hours of a bank if either the individual soliciting, or the
             95      individual being solicited, is on the portion of a sidewalk that is within 10 feet of the bank's
             96      entrance or exit; or
             97          (ii) on the portion of a sidewalk that is within 10 feet of an automated teller machine.

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