Utah Senate OKs 'slow down, move over' bill

Published: Wednesday, March 9 2011 11:00 a.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers are getting tough on drivers who fail to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles. 

Under HB411, which passed the Senate Wednesday, drivers who fail to yield to a passing or stationary emergency vehicle would be required to attend a defensive driving course within 90 days of sentencing — or risk having their license suspended for 90 days. 

Drivers who don't slow down and move over for stationary vehicles are already guilty of a statutory infraction and must pay a fine, said bill co-sponsor Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem. 

The measure, after being amended in the Senate, returns to the House for its consideration.

Amanda Verzello

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