Utah Legislature passes bills to prevent street racing, police deception in youth interrogations

Amongst laws shifting ahead within the remaining two weeks of the session, the Utah Legislature on Thursday handed a invoice that seeks to stem unlawful road racing and a invoice to ban police from utilizing deception throughout interrogations with youth. (Annie Barker, Deseret Information)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Amongst laws shifting ahead within the remaining two weeks of the session, the Utah Legislature on Thursday handed a invoice that seeks to stem unlawful road racing and a invoice to ban police from utilizing deception throughout interrogations with youth.

SB53 will increase the minimal positive requirement for these driving over 105 mph and bans spectators from watching road races.

Salt Lake Metropolis Police Chief Mike Brown spoke in help of the invoice earlier this month, pointing to a rise in crime in areas the place unlawful racing takes place.

Invoice co-sponsor Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-Ogden, mentioned the problem performs into psychological well being for regulation enforcement officers and first responders, a serious matter all through the session because the Legislature handed a invoice to offer funding for psychological well being sources for first responders.

“A few of the tales from these crashes are why we’d like this invoice,” Wilcox mentioned Thursday, describing the toll that seeing the aftermath of high-speed crashes takes on law enforcement officials.

The invoice handed the Home 49-23.

The Senate, in the meantime, gave remaining, unanimous passage to HB271, which might prohibit regulation enforcement officers from utilizing deception throughout interrogations with a minor in police custody.

Beneath the invoice, throughout an interrogation an investigator couldn’t declare they’ve proof of a juvenile’s crime if they do not have it — a difficulty advocates say has led to false confessions throughout the nation.

“The circumstances that I have been uncovered to within the interim, as we have had these discussions, are fairly unhappy,” mentioned Wilcox, who additionally sponsored HB271.

The “fallout” from officers utilizing deception in interrogations “undermines confidence in regulation enforcement itself when it is completed incorrectly, in order that’s the place now we have to stroll that positive line,” he mentioned.

Different laws that handed:

  • HB213: A watered-down model of a invoice that seeks to order handicap parking areas for many who want wheelchairs. The invoice as now written encourages these with handicap permits to order wheelchair-accessible areas for these with a wheelchair placard. It invoice awaits remaining approval within the Home.
  • SB116: A invoice that designates the golden eagle because the state “fowl of prey.” Earlier than lawmakers took a remaining vote, a golden eagle visited the Home chamber. The invoice has already handed within the Senate.

All payments await Gov. Spencer Cox’s signature earlier than turning into remaining.

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