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March 30, 2012

New Utah Transit Authority Ordinance

Railroad_Crossing.jpgUTA recently enacted an ordinance which prohibits crossing a railroad grade crossing while distracted. The examples of distraction listed in the ordinance include talking on a cell phone, texting, having earphones or earbuds in both ears, "attending to personal hygiene or grooming," or reading.

The penalty for this offense is a $50 civil fine; repeat offenses carry a $100 fine.

The new ordinance is Chapter 5.14, Section 1M. Curious about what other things you can be ticketed for? You can find the full Ordinance Manual on the UTA website.

Photo by Darren Hester, used under a Creative Commons license

March 29, 2012

Texting While Driving

texting.jpgAnyone who has travles Utah's roads may have noticed that not all Utah drivers know it is illegal to text while driving. Since 2009, Utah Code Ann. §41-6a-1716 has made it a Class B or C misdemeanor to use a handheld device to text or email while operating a moving motor vehicle.

In January 2012, 18-year-old Utah State University student Taylor Sauer died when she crashed into a truck in Idaho. News reports indicate that she was texting while driving, and posted a Facebook status update right before the crash which said, "I can't discuss this matter now. Driving and Facebooking is not safe. ha ha." Her parents have been working to get texting and driving banned in Idaho.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's distraction.gov website reports that in 2010 more than 3,000 people were killed by distracted drivers, and that you are 23 times more likely to crash if you drive while distracted.

State and national organizations offer information-packed websites encouraging drivers not to text whill driving.

Be smart. Be safe. Obey the law. Don't text while driving.

March 28, 2012

Court Rule on Private Records Amended

shelves of file foldersUtah Code of Judicial Administration Rule 4-202.02 (Records Classification) has been amended to classify several case record types as private that were previously classified as public. These changes, which go into effect April 1, 2012, affect many family law cases.

Record types added include:

  • records in actions for involuntary commitment under court order adoption records until the records are sealed and Gestational Agreement, until the records are sealed
  • records in these actions, except the case history; judgments, orders and decrees; letters of appointment; and the record of public hearings, which are public records:
    • Title 30, Husband and Wife, except that an action for consortium due to personal injury under Section 30-2-11 is public;
    • Title 77, Chapter 3a, Stalking Injunctions
    • Title 75, Chapter 5, Protection of Persons Under Disability and their Property
    • Title 78B, Chapter 7, Protective Orders
    • Title 78B, Chapter 12, Utah Child Support Act
    • Title 78B, Chapter 13, Utah Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
    • Title 78B, Chapter 14, Uniform Interstate Family Support Act
    • Title 78B, Chapter 15, Utah Uniform Parentage Act
    • an action to modify or enforce a judgment in any of the actions listed above

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Photo by Alex Gorzen and used under a Creative Commons license


March 26, 2012

Wireless Password: finch

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of March 26, 2012 is finch.

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March 22, 2012

Salt Lake City's Idle Free Ordinance

RitaHoustonEvacuation.jpgThe Salt Lake City Council recently enacted an ordinance that prohibits unnecessary vehicle idling over two minutes within City limits.

The ordinance (12.58.010 et seq.) provides for some exceptions to the two minute idling limit, including if you are stopped at an official traffic control device or signal, if you are stopped at the direction of a police officer, to operate heaters or air conditioners when the temperature is below 32° or above 90° in certain circumstances, or to operate defrosters or other equipment to clear the windshield and windows.

Businesses with drive-through windows have additional responsibilities, but can be exempted from enforcement if they post city-approved idle free signs. Businesses can order signs from the City for $20.

March 20, 2012

New Utah Childcare Database

Hopscotch.JPGLooking for a childcare provider in Utah?

A new resource you may want to check out is Care About Childcare, a database created by the Utah Office of Child Care in collaboration with the Utah Department of Health's Child Care Licensing, the Child Care Professional Development Institute at Utah State University, and the Utah Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.

Parents can search for providers by zip code or county. A search can be narrowed by a child's age and special needs. If you're a childcare provider. You can also find parenting resources such as child development, activities, and nutrition.

March 19, 2012

Wireless Password: eagle

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of March 19, 2012 is eagle.

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March 15, 2012

New Court of Appeals Briefs

The library has received 35 Court of Appeals briefs. The docket numbers range from 20090383 to 20110274 (list not inclusive).

If you're looking for a specific brief, contact the library by phone (801-238-7990) or email to make sure we have it. If you can't come in to make copies yourself, we offer a document delivery service for 25¢ per page and will scan the briefs and email them to you.

March 12, 2012

2012 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

IMG_2702.jpgThursday March 8th was the last day of the Utah State Legislature's 2012 General Session.

You can view the bills that passed during the session , and note whether Governor Herbert has signed the bills into law. If the governor does not veto or sign the passed bills, the bills become law 60 days after adjournment.

If you're interested in what happened during each day of the session, you can read the House and Senate Journals, which document vote counts, committee referrals for bills, and often include amended or substituted language in bills proposed by legislators.

The 2012 General Session page also links to 2012 Selected Highlights.

Wireless Password: downy

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of March 12, 2012 is downy.

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March 08, 2012

Daylight Saving Time

DaylightSaving.JPGThis Sunday, March 11th, is Daylight Saving Time. Each spring most Americans turn their clocks forward one hour to observing daylight saving pursuant to 15 U.S. Code §260 et seq.

For more information about Daylight Saving Time, see the U.S. Naval Observatory's page on Daylight Time, which includes future Daylight Saving dates. In addition, the Daylight Saving Time online exhibit through WebExhibits, an interactive museum, has articles and links to full-text historic documents related to Daylight Savings, including a link to Benjamin Franklin's 1784 essay on Daylight Saving.

March 05, 2012

Wireless Password: chirp

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of March 5, 2012 is chirp.

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March 02, 2012

Wireless Access Tips

laptop.jpgDo you regularly use the wireless access available at several of Utah's district and juvenile courts?

Do you sometimes have trouble accessing Pathway, the courts' wireless network? Because the wireless password changes weekly, the problem may be that your laptop or wireless device is using a previous week's password.

If you're having trouble, try these tips:

  • Remove Pathway from your wireless management program's list of available networks. Then, select Pathway from the list of available networks. You should be prompted to enter the current password.
  • If you're using a smartphone or mobile device, go into the Settings program. On an iPhone or iPad, select Pathway and then select "Forget This Network." Then, exit the Settings App and reopen it. It should prompt you to type the network's current password.
  • If you're using an Apple laptop, instead of selecting Pathway from the list of available networks in the AirPort, select "Join Other Network," and manually type "Pathway" in the name box. There should be a box below to enter the current password.
Questions about accessing the court's wireless network? Contact law library staff.