Park City police say vehicle was traveling too slow, prompting traffic stop

The Park City Police Department earlier in September stopped a driver who was traveling at an exceptionally slow speed on a stretch of S.R. 224 between Old Town and Deer Valley.

An officer pulled the driver over on Sept. 10 just after 7:30 a.m. The police said the vehicle was traveling 25 mph in a location where the posted speed limit is 40 mph. The police said the driver is from the Wasatch Front and declined to disclose the person’s age.

According to the Police Department, the officer pulled over the driver under a section of state law that regulates the minimum speed of a vehicle. The law prohibits a driver from operating a vehicle “at a speed so slow as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.”

The police said the officer who conducted the traffic stop “was concerned the driver might be impaired or have the inability to drive safely. The stop was more to check welfare, not enforce the speed limit.”

The police also said the “driver indicated an appreciation for the officer checking on their welfare.” The officer did not issue a citation and the police described the stop as educational for the driver.

The Police Department said the vehicle was traveling southbound, or the uphill direction, close to the runaway-truck ramp. S.R. 224 is part of the state highway system, but the Police Department enforces the stretch of road within the city limits, from the entryway, through Old Town and into Deer Valley.

A traffic stop under the section of state law regulating minimum speeds is highly unusual in Park City. The Police Department, though, regularly stops drivers suspected of speeding and other traffic offenses.

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