Traffic violations that can result in possible fines, imprisonment, and other penalties include:
- Failure to Respond to an Officer’s Signal to Stop (Utah Traffic Code 41-6a-210.) – If the operator of a vehicle fails to stop after receiving visual or audible signals from the peace officer, they can be guilty of a 3rd degree felony. The penalties are increased if there is serious bodily injury of another person or property damage involved.
- Accident Involving Property Damage (Utah Traffic Code 41-6a-401.) – While a vehicle accident is not consider a crime, failure to exchange information with other persons involved can be a class B misdemeanor offense.
- Accident Involving Bodily Injury (Utah Traffic Code 41-6a-401.3.) – Failure to stop after an accident that resulted in the injury of another individual is considered 3rd degree felony. This criminal offense is commonly known as a “hit and run.”
- Accident Involving Death (Utah Traffic Code 41-6a-401.5.) – It is a 3rd degree felony offense to leave the scene of an accident that resulted in the death of another individual without remaining to report the accident to the police.
- Impaired Driving (Utah Traffic Code 41-6a-502.5.) – Driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both carries heavy penalties. This can include jail time, fines, probation, and other penalties, depending on the situation and driver’s prior convictions. Learn more about DUI in Utah and related charges.
- Reckless Driving (Utah Traffic Code 41-6a-528.) – A person who drives without regard for property or other individuals can be faced with a Class B misdemeanor charge. This offense can be escalated if other individuals are seriously injured or die as a result of the reckless driving.