Utah - Transportation Safety—safety equipment: Program Requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law addresses bus safety equipment by authorizing the use of either stop-arm cameras or the installation of school bus seat belts.

Utah Code 41-6a-1310. School bus traffic safety devices.

(1) For purposes of this section, “automated traffic enforcement safety device” means a device that:

  • (a) is affixed to a school bus;
  • (b) is capable of detecting a vehicle unlawfully overtaking or passing a school bus;
  • (c) is capable of producing a photograph or video image of the rear of a vehicle, including an image of the vehicle’s license plate; and
  • (d) produces a time stamp on the photograph or video image described in Subsection (1)(c).

(2) A school district or private school may install an automated traffic enforcement safety device on a school bus.

(3) A photograph, video image, or other record produced by an automated traffic enforcement safety device may not be used for any purpose other than evidence for a violation of Section 41-6a-1302.

(4) A photograph, video image, or other record produced by an automated traffic enforcement safety device is subject to Title 63G, Chapter 2, Government Records Access and Management Act.

(5) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the State Board of Education may make rules to address student privacy concerns that may arise from the use of an automated traffic enforcement safety device authorized in this section.


Utah Code 41-6a-1302. School bus -- Signs and light signals -- Flashing amber lights -- Flashing red lights -- Passing school bus -- Duty to stop -- Travel in opposite direction -- Penalties.

(d) In accordance with Section 78A-5-110, 78A-6-210, or 78A-7-120, as applicable, if a photograph or video image obtained from an automated traffic enforcement safety device described in Section 41-6a-1310 was used as evidence of a violation of Subsection (2) or (3), 20% of the fine collected under Subsection (6)(a) shall be deposited with the school district or private school that owns or contracts for the operation of the bus to offset the costs of the automated traffic enforcement safety device.

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