166 (H.B. 30.107(d), eff. AUTOMATED MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATION. Sec. September 1, 2013. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. For now, other states are placing travel restrictions … Sec. (a) An operator may not cross a sidewalk or drive through a driveway, parking lot, or business or residential entrance without stopping the vehicle. (c) Subsection (a-1) does not apply to a person operating a motor vehicle while accompanied in the manner required by Section 521.222(d)(2) for the holder of a learner license. P.O. 161 (S.B. 165, Sec. 2596), Sec. Privacy & Security Policy 1, eff. (a) In this section: (1) "Hands-free device" means speakerphone capability, a telephone attachment, or another function or other piece of equipment, regardless of whether permanently installed in or on a wireless communication device or in a motor vehicle, that allows use of the wireless communication device without use of either of the operator's hands, except to activate or deactivate a function of the wireless communication device or hands-free device. (e) An entity that establishes or alters a speed limit under this subchapter shall establish the same speed limit for daytime and nighttime. 265 (H.B. (g) A judge, acting under Article 45.0511, Code of Criminal Procedure, who elects to defer further proceedings and to place a defendant accused of a violation of this section on probation under that article, in lieu of requiring the defendant to complete a driving safety course approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, shall require the defendant to attend and present proof that the defendant has successfully completed a specialized driving safety course approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation under Chapter 1001, Education Code, that includes four hours of instruction that encourages the use of child passenger safety seat systems and the wearing of seat belts and emphasizes: (1) the effectiveness of child passenger safety seat systems and seat belts in reducing the harm to children being transported in motor vehicles; and. 545.424. Sec. (a) This section applies only to the following vehicles: (1) a stationary authorized emergency vehicle using visual signals that meet the requirements of Sections 547.305 and 547.702; (2) a stationary tow truck using equipment authorized by Section 547.305(d); (3) a Texas Department of Transportation vehicle or a highway maintenance or construction vehicle operated pursuant to a contract awarded under Subchapter A, Chapter 223, not separated from the roadway by a traffic control channelizing device and using visual signals that comply with the standards and specifications adopted under Section 547.105; (4) a service vehicle used by or for a utility, as defined by Section 203.091, and using visual signals that comply with the standards and specifications adopted under Section 547.105; and. 913 (H.B. 6 (S.B. 545.053. 18, eff. September 1, 2011. (c) Subsections (a) and (b) do not apply: (1) if a police officer, crossing flagger, or traffic-control signal directs traffic to proceed; (2) where a railroad flashing signal is installed and does not indicate an approaching train; (3) to an abandoned or exempted grade crossing that is clearly marked by or with the consent of the state, if the markings can be read from the operator's location; (4) at a streetcar crossing in a business or residential district of a municipality; or. I-10 accidents I-10 constructions I-10 chat. Sec. September 1, 2005. Sec. (B) is operated by a person licensed under Subchapter D, Chapter 2308, Occupations Code. (a) The Texas Transportation Commission by resolution or order recorded in its minutes may prohibit the use of a limited-access or controlled-access highway under the jurisdiction of the commission by a parade, funeral procession, pedestrian, bicycle, electric bicycle, motorcycle equipped with a motor that has an engine piston displacement of 250 cubic centimeters or less, or nonmotorized traffic. SIGNALING STOPS. 2, eff. 165, Sec. Section 5102 and its subsequent amendments; or. 545.151. Texas Load Zone. June 18, 1999. PASSING TO THE LEFT; RETURN; BEING PASSED. In the event of an accident involving an automated motor vehicle, the automated motor vehicle or any human operator of the automated motor vehicle shall comply with Chapter 550. (d) Before issuing an order under this section, the commissioners court shall submit to the department a description of the proposed restriction. AUTHORITY OF MUNICIPALITY TO ALTER SPEED LIMITS. 1, eff. 1061, Sec. 545.351. (d) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor if the person, during the commission of the offense, recklessly engages in conduct that places another in imminent danger of serious bodily injury. 3676), Sec. (e) In this section, "safety chains" means flexible tension members connected from the front of a drawn vehicle to the rear of the drawing vehicle to maintain connection between the vehicles if the primary connecting system fails. Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1, eff. (a) A person may not participate in any manner in: (2) a vehicle speed competition or contest; (3) a drag race or acceleration contest; (4) a test of physical endurance of the operator of a vehicle; or. 545.409. (2) any damage resulting from the failure to exercise the authority granted by this section. Sec. 19.05, eff. September 1, 2009. (b-4) The local authority shall pay the costs associated with the posting of signs under Subsections (b-1) and (b-2), unless the authority enters an agreement providing otherwise. (a) On the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle using audible and visual signals that meet the requirements of Sections 547.305 and 547.702, or of a police vehicle lawfully using only an audible signal, the operator of a streetcar shall immediately stop the streetcar clear of any intersection and remain there until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, unless otherwise directed by a police officer. (i) If a designated official does not comply with the requirements of Subsection (f)(3) for a vehicular accident reconstruction on a state highway associated with the reconstruction, the Texas Department of Transportation may remove signs and concealments. 545.3561. 2, eff. 3, eff. (c) If the motorcycle or moped is designed to carry more than one person, a passenger may ride only on the permanent and regular seat, if designed for two persons, or on another seat firmly attached to the motorcycle or moped behind or to the side of the operator. September 1, 2009. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. Sec. CHAPTER 545. 79, Sec. Sept. 1, 1995. 545.059. You can view a list of permit restrictions in one of 25 Texas Department of Transportation multi-county districts by choosing from the following list of geographical areas. 2, eff. (2) an operator who is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission while operating a radio frequency device other than a portable wireless communication device. (a) An operator may not pass to the left or drive on the left side of a streetcar moving in the same direction, even if the streetcar is temporarily at rest, unless the operator: (1) is directed to do so by a police officer; (3) is on a street on which the location of the tracks prevents compliance with this section. 510), Sec. (b) An offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $50 or more than $200. The term includes voice-operated technology and a push-to-talk function. (c) An operator may not use a wireless communication device while operating a school bus or passenger bus with a minor passenger on the bus unless the bus is stopped. 545.425. RIDING ON MOTORCYCLE OR MOPED. (h) Notwithstanding Section 542.402(a), a municipality or county, at the end of the municipality's or county's fiscal year, shall send to the comptroller an amount equal to 50 percent of the fines collected by the municipality or the county for violations of this section. (2) "Institution of higher education" means an institution of higher education or a private or independent institution of higher education, as those terms are defined by Section 61.003, Education Code. 1353), Sec. Sept. 1, 1995. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 3190), Sec. 3, eff. 350, Sec. Sec. 545.052. (d) The authority's power to alter prima facie speed limits is effective and exclusive on any part of a turnpike project constructed and maintained by the authority inside and outside the limits of a municipality, including a home-rule municipality. Individuals who wish to have a restriction code removed should contact their local driver license office. Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. September 1, 2013. Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 974 (H.B. (a) An operator on a streetcar track in front of a streetcar shall move the operator's vehicle off the track as soon as possible after a signal from the operator of the streetcar. 913 (H.B. (2) remain standing until all passengers have entered the streetcar or, on leaving, have reached a place of safety. (2) any other equipment or structure with: (A) a normal operating speed of 10 miles per hour or less; or. (A) has been issued a permit under Subchapter C, Chapter 2308, Occupations Code; and. 1, eff. To accomplish this purpose, the governmental entities shall request the cooperation of all news media in the state. (b) In determining whether a prima facie speed limit on a part of the highway system is reasonable and safe, the commission shall consider the width and condition of the pavement, the usual traffic at the affected area, and other circumstances. Sec. 1, eff. 2, eff. Live information is important to specialized trucking industry truck drivers. 1042, Sec. (1) an operator of an authorized emergency vehicle using a wireless communication device while acting in an official capacity; or. Data Updated at 12/3/2020 9:25 PM. 2.08, eff. 1391 (H.B. Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. (2) operating the motor vehicle on a beach. 240 (H.B. 545.252. Sec.  •  Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. (b) An operator on a highway having separate roadways is not required to stop: (1) for a school bus that is on a different roadway; or. At the hearing, all interested persons may present oral or written testimony regarding the proposed order. To turn left at an intersection or into an alley or private road or driveway, an operator shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle that is approaching from the opposite direction and that is in the intersection or in such proximity to the intersection as to be an immediate hazard. (c) A limitation in this section on driving on an improved shoulder does not apply to: (1) an authorized emergency vehicle responding to a call; (4) a slow-moving vehicle, as defined by Section 547.001. 3, eff. (a) When an automated driving system installed on a motor vehicle is engaged: (1) the owner of the automated driving system is considered the operator of the automated motor vehicle solely for the purpose of assessing compliance with applicable traffic or motor vehicle laws, regardless of whether the person is physically present in the vehicle while the vehicle is operating; and. All Rights Reserved (e) This section preempts all local ordinances, rules, or regulations that are inconsistent with specific provisions of this section adopted by a political subdivision of this state relating to the use of a wireless communication device by the operator of a motor vehicle, except that a political subdivision may by ordinance or rule prohibit the use of a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle throughout the jurisdiction of the political subdivision. 1331, Sec. September 1, 2019. 2, eff. (b-2) A local authority that by ordinance or rule prohibits the use of a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle, including a prohibition that contains an exception for the use of a wireless communication device with a hands-free device, throughout the jurisdiction of the local authority is not required to post a sign as required by Subsection (b-1) and shall: (1) post signs that are located at each point at which a state highway, U.S. highway, or interstate highway enters the jurisdiction of the local authority and that state: (A) that an operator is prohibited from using a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle in the jurisdiction of the local authority, and whether use of a wireless communication device with a hands-free device is allowed in the jurisdiction of the local authority; and, (B) that the operator is subject to a fine if the operator uses a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle in the jurisdiction of the local authority; and. Sec. (B) on a county road or highway to which this section applies that is located within 500 feet of an elementary, secondary, or open-enrollment charter school or an institution of higher education, if approved under Section 545.357. 449), Sec. Before the 13th day after the date the order is filed in the governor's office, the governor shall conclude the finding of fact, issue a proclamation stating whether the necessary facts exist to support the issuance of the commission's order, and file copies of the order and the proclamation in the office of the secretary of state. A - Z Site Index 255 (S.B. 3171), Sec. 1358 (H.B. 882 (H.B. EMERGING FROM AN ALLEY, DRIVEWAY, OR BUILDING. To be prosecuted, the behavior must be committed in the presence of or within the view of a peace officer or established by other evidence. 1174), Sec. (b) The limitations in Subsection (a) do not apply: (2) to an operator turning left into or from an alley or private road or driveway. (c) Notwithstanding Section 542.001, this section applies to: (1) a private access way or parking area provided for a client or patron by a business, other than a private residential property or the property of a garage or parking lot for which a charge is made for the storing or parking of motor vehicles; and. 1, eff. Sec. 1217 (S.B. Sec. (b) An operator of a school bus, while operating the bus, shall prohibit a passenger from: (B) in any location on the bus that is not designed as a seat. May 9, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 165, Sec. 161 (S.B. Sec. 1969), Sec. 545.202. For interstate travel within the U.S., be sure to check with your destination for any COVID-19 travel advisories and/or closures. (a) An operator may not drive a vehicle when it is loaded so that, or when the front seat has a number of persons, exceeding three, so that: (1) the view of the operator to the front or sides of the vehicle is obstructed; or. Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 3871), Sec. (c) An operator on an unpaved street or roadway approaching an intersection of a paved street or roadway: (1) shall stop, yield, and grant immediate use of the intersection to a vehicle on the paved street or roadway that is within the intersection or approaching the intersection in such proximity as to be a hazard; and. Sec. (b) An operator may not cross or drive in or on a sidewalk, driveway, parking lot, or business or residential entrance at an intersection to turn right or left from one highway to another highway. VEHICLES CARRYING EXPLOSIVE SUBSTANCES OR FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS. (e) A lane restriction imposed under this section expires when the lane that is subject to the restriction is no longer in a construction or maintenance work zone. 2682), Sec. Idaho 438 (H.B. 3, eff. Sec. DPS screening stations along the Texas/Louisiana border have been closed. (b) If the commission adopts a rule under Subsection (a), the commission shall erect and maintain official traffic-control devices on the portions of the limited-access or controlled-access highway to which the rule applies. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. (2) the operation of the vehicle is necessary for the operator to attend or participate in employment or a school-related activity or because of a medical emergency. (2) a highway is not considered to have separate roadways if the highway has roadways separated only by a left turn lane. 61), Sec. (d) An offense under Subsection (a) is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $25 or more than $50. (d) The commissioners court may modify a prima facie speed limit in accordance with this section only by an order entered on its records. 731, Sec. An operator moving in the opposite direction of the movement of another operator shall: (1) move to or remain to the right; and. June 18, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. Road construction and repair work can be a real problem for a truck driver. This subsection does not apply to a person licensed by the Federal Communications Commission while operating a radio frequency device other than a wireless communication device. 545.255. (d) This section does not apply to a trailer, semitrailer, house trailer, or drawn motor vehicle that is operated in compliance with the federal motor carrier safety regulations. (e-1) Subsection (c) does not apply to an operator of a school bus or passenger bus using a wireless communication device: (1) in the performance of the operator's duties as a bus driver; and. Sept. 1, 2003. (a) The Texas Transportation Commission by resolution or order recorded in its minutes may prohibit the use of a limited-access or controlled-access highway under the jurisdiction of the commission by a parade, funeral procession, pedestrian, bicycle, electric bicycle, motorcycle equipped with a motor that has an engine piston displacement of 250 cubic centimeters or less, or nonmotorized traffic. 30.107(e), eff. September 1, 2019. (1) a misdemeanor punishable under Section 542.401; (2) a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $500 if the violation results in property damage; or. (3) contain, in addition, to any other required information: (A) the date, time, and location of the violation; (B) the license plate number and a description of the vehicle involved in the violation; (C) a description of the operator of the vehicle involved in the violation; and. 923 (H.B. 545.106. DRIVING ON ROADWAY LANED FOR TRAFFIC. September 1, 2005. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 618, Sec. September 1, 2013. Sec. The I-10 Interstate 10 Highway is the main east-west highway automotive transportation corridor along the southern United States and southern Gulf Coast states. (f) For purposes of Subsections (c) and (d), an autocycle as defined by Section 501.008 is considered to be a motorcycle. (b) An authority or a law enforcement agency may remove personal property from a roadway or right-of-way if the authority or law enforcement agency determines that the property blocks the roadway or endangers public safety. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. September 1, 2011. (3) on entering the roadway, yield the right-of-way to an approaching vehicle. (h) The Texas Department of Transportation shall post a sign at each point at which an interstate highway or United States highway enters this state that informs an operator that: (1) the use of a portable wireless communication device for electronic messaging while operating a motor vehicle is prohibited in this state; and. 1, eff. Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 2205), Sec. 545.066. 1080, Sec. 4, eff. 2, eff. PERSON RIDING IN TRAILER OR SEMITRAILER DRAWN BY TRUCK, ROAD TRACTOR, OR TRUCK TRACTOR. Alaska. (2) If an authority determines from the results of an engineering and traffic investigation that a prima facie speed limit described in this subchapter is unreasonable or unsafe on a part of a turnpike constructed and maintained by the authority, the authority by order recorded in its minutes shall determine and declare a reasonable and safe prima facie speed limit for vehicles or classes of vehicles on the turnpike. September 1, 2013. 1346, Sec. (2) another reasonable and safe speed because of wet or inclement weather. Sept. 1, 1997. Texas statewide conditions of roads and highway closures. Sec. Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. RACING ON HIGHWAY. 545.412. STOPPING, STANDING, OR PARKING PROHIBITED IN CERTAIN PLACES. A new limit that is enacted for a highway under this section is effective at all times or at other times as determined. Especially in the over-weight or oversize trucking industry when travel restrictions apply on top of your permit requirements and state regulations. 165, Sec. (e) Department approval under Subsection (d) must to the greatest extent practicable ensure a systems approach to preclude the designation of inconsistent lane restrictions among adjacent counties or municipalities. CROSSING FIRE HOSE. 2, eff. 545.057. 30.110(a), eff. 165, Sec. 3171), Sec. (a-1) A person under 18 years of age may not operate a motor vehicle: (1) after midnight and before 5 a.m. unless the operation of the vehicle is necessary for the operator to attend or participate in employment or a school-related activity or because of a medical emergency; or. 1172 (H.B. Sec. 545.062. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. An operator may not drive through or in a safety zone. Sec. 545.254. 1105 (H.B. The commanding officer of a United States military reservation, for a highway or part of a highway in the military reservation, including a highway of the state highway system, has the same authority by order to alter prima facie speed limits from the results of an engineering and traffic investigation as the Texas Transportation Commission for an officially designated or marked highway of the state highway system. 20.020, eff. Sec. USE OF REST AREA: OFFENSE. Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. Sept. 1, 1995. 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