Utah Code Title 41. Motor Vehicles § 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.


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