Utah

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Utah. Please note that GHSA does not compile any additional data on state laws other than what is presented in these pages. For more information, consult the appropriate State Highway Safety Office.

  • Alcohol Impaired Driving

    Penalties

    Increased Penalty for High BAC Administrative License Suspension on First Offense Limited Driving Privileges During Suspension Vehicle and License Plate Sanctions
    .16 120 days   Impoundment

    Ignition Interlocks

    Mandatory for all convictions

    Other

    Open Container Laws Repeat Offender Laws Alcohol Exclusion Laws Limiting Treatment
    Yes Yes Yes
  • Autonomous Vehicles

    AV testing authorized under specified conditions.

  • Bicyclists and Pedestrians

    No bicycle helmet laws.

  • Child Passenger Safety

    Child Restraint Required

    7 yrs or under and under 57" tall

    Adult Safety Belt Permissible

    8-15 yrs or 57" or taller

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    $45

  • Distracted Driving

    Hand-Held Ban?

    No

    All Cell Phone Ban?

    School Bus Drivers

    Yes. Primary law.

    Novice Drivers

    Drivers under 18. Primary law.

    Text Messaging Ban?

    All drivers. Primary law.

  • Drug Impaired Driving

    DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

    • Zero tolerance for some drugs

    Marijuana-Specific Laws

    • Possession and Use: Illegal
    • Impaired Driving: Zero tolerance for THC and metabolites
  • Mature Drivers

    Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

    5 years

    Provisions for Mature Drivers

    65 and over: vision test required

     

  • Motorcyclists

    Helmets required for all riders under 21. Universal helmet law repealed 1977.

  • Seat Belts

    Type of Law

    Primary

    Who Is Covered?

    All riders

    In What Seat?

    All

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    $45 (2nd offense)

  • Sobriety Checkpoints

    Checkpoints are conducted about every other month. Their legality is authorized by statute.

  • Speed and Red Light Cameras

    Speed Cameras

    Violation/State Law

    Prohibited (with narrow exceptions. No current programs.

    Permitted Locations/Criteria

    School zones with speed limit of 30 MPH or lower; officer must be present; local ordinance required

    Citation Issued To/Liability

    Not addressed

    Image Taken

    Photo

    Penalties (Traditional Penalties)

    Not reportable; no points ($1,000 maximum; 50 points)


    Red Light Cameras

    No state law or programs

  • Speeding and Aggressive Driving

    Rural Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    75; 80 on specified segments 75; 80 on specified segments

    Urban Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    65; 70 on specified segments 65; 70 on specified segments

    Other Limited Access Roads

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    75 75

    Aggressive Driver Actions Defined by Statute

    None defined. Utah amended reckless driving law to include willful and wanton disregard for safety of persons or property or three or more moving violations in a single continuous period of driving.

  • Teen and Novice Drivers

    Full Privilege Minimum Age

    Nighttime driving: 17 years

    Driving with passengers: 16 years, 6 months

    Learner Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Minimum Duration (Months)

    Required Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours)

    15 6 40 (10)

    Intermediate Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Nighttime Driving Restriction

    Passenger Restriction (except family, unless noted)

    16 Midnight - 5 a.m. First 6 months: no passengers (secondary enforcement)
  • Work Zones

    Violations Affected

    Speeding

    Enhanced Penalties

    Minimum double original fine

    Workers Must Be Present?

    Yes

    Signs Must Be Present?

    Yes