2018 Utah Code
Title 41 - Motor Vehicles
Chapter 6a - Traffic Code
Part 7 - Driving on Right Side of Highway and Passing
Section 711 - Following another vehicle -- Safe distance -- Exceptions -- Penalty.

Universal Citation: UT Code § 41-6a-711 (2018)
Effective 5/8/2018
41-6a-711. Following another vehicle -- Safe distance -- Exceptions -- Penalty.
  • (1) As used in this section, "connected platooning system" means a system that uses vehicle-to-vehicle communication to electronically coordinate the speed and braking of a lead vehicle with the speed and braking of one or more following vehicles.
  • (2) The operator of a vehicle:
    • (a) may not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having regard for the:
      • (i) speed of the vehicles;
      • (ii) traffic upon the highway; and
      • (iii) condition of the highway; and
    • (b) shall follow at a distance so that at least two seconds elapse before reaching the location of the vehicle directly in front of the operator's vehicle.
  • (3) Subsection (2)(b) does not apply to:
    • (a) funeral processions or to congested traffic conditions resulting in prevailing vehicle speeds of less than 35 miles per hour; or
    • (b) the operator of a vehicle that is:
      • (i) part of a connected platooning system; and
      • (ii) not the lead vehicle.
  • (4) A violation of Subsection (2) is an infraction.


Amended by Chapter 263, 2018 General Session
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