Utah

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Utah. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

  • Alcohol Impaired Driving

    Penalties

    Increased Penalty for High BAC Administrative License Suspension on First Offense Limited Driving Privileges During Suspension
    .16 120 days  

    Ignition Interlocks

    Mandatory for repeat convictions; highly incentivized for first convictions

    Other

    Open Container Laws Repeat Offender Laws
    Yes Yes
  • Autonomous Vehicles

    Authorizes AV testing with a human operator.

  • 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

  • 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: Legal for medical use
    • 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 Universal helmet law repealed 1977.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?

    Drivers and passengers over 16

    In What Seat?

    All

  • 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
  • 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)