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Utah in the Middle for Once, Instead of Dead Last

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Utah consistently ranks dead last among states when it comes to per pupil funding for public education. The Wasatch Front also consistently has some of the poorest, if not the poorest, air quality in the nation. Other areas of the state are not far behind. But when it comes to traffic safety laws, Utah is in the middle of the 50 states.

A report recently released by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety ranks Utah in the middle of the road when it comes to such laws. The Advocates is an alliance of insurance companies and consumer, health and safety groups. It promotes what it calls 15 key “life saving” laws, and tracks the passage of them in each state. Utah has passed eight, while nineteen states have passed fewer and twenty-four have passed more. No state has yet passed all fifteen. Illinois, New York and Oregon have passed the most with 12 each, while South Dakota comes in last because it has only passed two.

The report calls on Utah to pass a helmet law for motorcyclists, and to make failure to wear a seat-belt a primary offense instead of a secondary offense. That would allow law enforcement to stop and ticket drivers when they see a violation, rather than only allowing for such citations when a motorist is pulled over for some other traffic law violation.

The 15 laws are:

Occupant Protection

Primary Enforcement Front Seat Belt Law

Primary Enforcement Rear Seat Belt Law

All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law

Child Safety

Booster Seat Law

Teen Driving

Learner’s Stage: Minimum Age 16 for Learner’s Permit

Learner’s Stage: Six-Month Holding Period Provision

Learner’s Stage: 30-50 Hours of Supervised Driving Provision

Intermediate Stage: Nighttime Driving Restriction Provision

Intermediate Stage: Passenger Restriction Provision

Cell Phone Restriction

Age 18 for Unrestricted License

Impaired Driving

Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs)

Child Endangerment

Open Container

Distracted Driving

All-Driver Text Messaging Restriction

It’s nice to see Utah in news for something positive for once.

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  1. john says:
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    Clearly Utah consistently ranks dead last among states when it comes to per pupil funding for public education. The Wasatch Front also consistently has some of the poorest, if not the poorest, air quality in the nation.