Utah SB 80 – Traffic Pattern Amendments
Traffic Pattern AmendmentsFull Bill Text
SB 80 was introduced to the Senate on January 18, 2019 and subsequently assigned to the Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee. The committee has set a February 4, 2019 initial hearing date.
This bill would prohibit a person driving a vehicle from entering an intersection, regardless of an indication of a traffic control device, if the person is unable to proceed completely through the intersection to avoid the impediment of traffic in the intersection. While there are certainly instances when vehicles legally entering an intersection can’t continue through before hindering the right of way of cross traffic, a much more common situation is when multiple cars line up for a left turn on green. HB 80 would force drivers in queue to stay out of the intersection until the each individual left-turning vehicle in front of them has made the turn. This can greatly reduce the throughput of an intersection, at times allowing only one vehicle to turn left per green cycle of the traffic signal.