2018 Utah Code
Title 41 - Motor Vehicles
Chapter 6a - Traffic Code
Part 3 - Traffic-Control Devices
Section 311 - Interference with traffic-control devices prohibited -- Traffic signal preemption device prohibited -- Exceptions -- Defense.

Universal Citation: UT Code § 41-6a-311 (2018)
Effective 5/12/2015
41-6a-311. Interference with traffic-control devices prohibited -- Traffic signal preemption device prohibited -- Exceptions -- Defense.
  • (1) Except as provided in Subsection (3), a person may not alter, deface, damage, knock down, or remove any:
    • (a) traffic-control device;
    • (b) traffic-monitoring device; or
    • (c) railroad traffic-control device.
  • (2) Except as provided in Subsection (3), a person may not:
    • (a) knowingly use a traffic signal preemption device to interfere with the authorized operation or the authorized cycle of a traffic-control signal; or
    • (b) operate a motor vehicle on a highway while in possession of a traffic signal preemption device.
  • (3) The provisions of Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to a person authorized by the highway authority or railroad authority with jurisdiction over the device.
  • (4) A violation of Subsection (1) or (2) is a class C misdemeanor.
  • (5) It is an affirmative defense to a charge under Subsection (2)(b) that the traffic signal preemption device was inoperative and could not be readily used at the time of the citation or arrest.


Amended by Chapter 412, 2015 General Session
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