Lawmaker proposes bigger fines for speeding in Utah school zones

Jan 26, 2024, 5:00 PM | Updated: Jan 27, 2024, 10:00 am

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawmaker is proposing substantially higher fines for speeding in a school zone.

Rep. Robert Spendlove, R-Sandy, is sponsoring HB345, which would increase the minimum fine by more than five times – from $50 to $260.

The bill would also crack down on drivers going past school buses with stop signs out, raising that fine fourfold to $1,000, along with community service.

A school bus with extended stop sign

HB345 would also increase fines for passing school buses with stop signs out to $1,000. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

“A $1,000 fine is a lot better than dealing with the death of a child,” Spendlove told KSL TV in an interview Friday.

The lawmaker said the idea for the bill came from Craig Moody, a Sandy resident and former Utah House speaker in the 1990s. Moody said fines for speeding through school zones haven’t changed much since he was in the state Legislature, and he believes it’s time they do.

“My hope is the bill will pass,” Moody said. “It will remind people there’s a pretty hefty fine if you’re going through the school zone way too fast.”

Moody said he regularly sees drivers zooming through a school zone in his neighborhood, sometimes hitting speeds of 40 or 50 mph.

“I just keep thinking, what child can we afford to lose?” he said.

A new bill introduced in the legislature would increase fines for speeding in school crossings from $50 to $260. (Winston Armani, KSL TV) Rep. Robert Spendlove, R-Sandy Craig Moody is a Sandy resident and former Utah House speaker in the 1990s. (Winston Armani, KSL TV)

Under the bill, fines for speeding in school zones could reach more than $900, depending on the severity and number of prior offenses.

Spendlove acknowledged these are big increases but points out they would be more on par with penalties for speeding in construction zones.

“I think the safety of our kids is as important as the safety of our construction workers,” he said.

Back in Sandy, Moody hopes lawmakers will see it that way.

“Every parent should be able to expect to send their kids to school and have them come home safely,” he said.

HB345 has not had a committee hearing yet, but there’s still time. There’s just over a month to go in the legislative session.

KSL 5 TV Live

Utah Legislature

A proposed bill, HB351, would allow teen drivers to have a single friend in the car, which Utah's s...

Daniel Woodruff

New teen drivers still can’t have friends in car after Utah bill fails

Utah Senate Democrats scored a rare legislative victory this week when they defeated a bill loosening the law for new young drivers.

40 minutes ago

Ryan Smith posted this image to X on Tuesday, showing a new NBA and NHL arena anchoring what he cal...

Josh Ellis and Linsday

Lawmakers debate NHL arena funding as Church supports project’s potential to ‘revitalize downtown’

The Utah House of Representatives is continuing to discuss a bill to fund a National Hockey League stadium and “sports and entertainment” district in downtown Salt Lake City as the clock ticks down on the 2024 general legislative session.

4 hours ago


Daniel Woodruff

Utah Legislature approves allowing more children at unlicensed day care facilities

A bill in the Utah Legislature that aims to allow unlicensed providers to care for up to eight children instead of six passed the house and senate. It now awaits Gov. Cox's signature.

19 hours ago

A conceptional rendering of a proposed Major League Baseball stadium, located within the Power Dist...

Carter Williams, KSL.com

Utah Legislature approves Fairpark District, framework for MLB ballpark funding

Utah lawmakers have decided that an amended version of a bill setting up a Fairpark area investment district and setting up the framework for state funding of a possible Major League Baseball stadium is a home run.

1 day ago

New homes during construction. (Ray Boone, KSL News)...

Daniel Woodruff

Battle brewing between Utah builders, cities over home inspections

SB185, which passed the Senate this week and awaits a vote in the House of Representatives, could allow builders to pick their own inspectors.

2 days ago

The Larry H. Miller Company and Miller family unveiled renderings for the Power District, a nearly ...

Lindsay Aerts

Plan to finance MLB stadium gets House approval after major tax change

The plan to finance a Major League Baseball stadium on Salt Lake's west side got a big change as it hit the House floor Tuesday.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Lawmaker proposes bigger fines for speeding in Utah school zones