2, eff. CROSSING PROPERTY. (C) in a hayride permitted by the governing body of or a law enforcement agency of each county or municipality in which the hayride will occur; (2) the person operating or towing the vehicle did not know that another person occupied the trailer or semitrailer; or. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. An operator may not turn the vehicle to move in the opposite direction when approaching a curve or the crest of a grade if the vehicle is not visible to the operator of another vehicle approaching from either direction within 500 feet. 3871), Sec. An operator may not stop or suddenly decrease the speed of the vehicle without first giving a stop signal as provided by this subchapter to the operator of a vehicle immediately to the rear when there is an opportunity to give the signal. (k) This section expires when the national maximum speed limits are repealed. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. Sec. 1258 (H.B. 1, eff. 545.4252. Sec. SIGNALING TURNS; USE OF TURN SIGNALS. Sec. 515, Sec. (b) An offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable by: (2) confinement in county jail for not more than 30 days; or. 1059 (H.B. Sept. 1, 2003. If a flagger is provided by the railroad, the operator shall move the vehicle or equipment over the crossing at the flagger's direction. 3, eff. MAXIMUM SPEED REQUIREMENT. (f) In this section, "wireless communication device" means a handheld or hands-free device that uses commercial mobile service, as defined by 47 U.S.C. 3871), Sec. 6 (S.B. (a) The Texas Department of Transportation or a local authority, with respect to a highway in its jurisdiction, may: (1) designate a railroad grade crossing as particularly dangerous; and. 316, Sec. 165, Sec. Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. 537), Sec. Sec. (b) This section does not exempt the operator of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway. 1105 (H.B. (2) "Residential subdivision" means a subdivision in a county with a population greater than 220,000: (A) for which a plat is recorded in the county real property records; and. 2, eff. (9) is, in the opinion of the officer, a hazard, interferes with a normal function of a governmental agency, or because of a catastrophe, emergency, or unusual circumstance is imperiled. 165, Sec. 545.203. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. Sec. 537), Sec. DRIVING PAST VEHICLE MOVING IN OPPOSITE DIRECTION. September 1, 2011. 1111 (H.B. Section 5102 and its subsequent amendments; or. 1294), Sec. This subsection does not prohibit a truck or a motor vehicle drawing another vehicle from passing another vehicle. 545.456. 545.451. 165, Sec. Travel Texas. 1438, Sec. (a) An operator moving on a downgrade may not coast with the gears or transmission of the vehicle in neutral. (2) supersedes any other established speed limit that would permit a person to operate a motor vehicle at a higher rate of speed. Separation of one of the subdivisions from another by a road, stream, greenbelt, or similar barrier does not make the subdivisions noncontiguous. (e) It is a defense to prosecution under this section that: (1) the person possesses a written statement from a licensed physician stating that for a medical reason the person should not wear a safety belt; (2) the person presents to the court, not later than the 10th day after the date of the offense, a statement from a licensed physician stating that for a medical reason the person should not wear a safety belt; (3) the person is employed by the United States Postal Service and performing a duty for that agency that requires the operator to service postal boxes from a vehicle or that requires frequent entry into and exit from a vehicle; (4) the person is engaged in the actual delivery of newspapers from a vehicle or is performing newspaper delivery duties that require frequent entry into and exit from a vehicle; (5) the person is employed by a public or private utility company and is engaged in the reading of meters or performing a similar duty for that company requiring the operator to frequently enter into and exit from a vehicle; (6) the person is operating a commercial vehicle registered as a farm vehicle under the provisions of Section 502.433 that does not have a gross weight, registered weight, or gross weight rating of 48,000 pounds or more; or. 1786), Sec. 165, Sec. Sec. 1, eff. 545.063. VEHICLE TURNING LEFT. September 1, 2011. (a) If the Texas Transportation Commission determines from the results of an engineering and traffic investigation that a prima facie speed limit in this subchapter is unreasonable or unsafe on a part of the highway system, the commission, by order recorded in its minutes, and except as provided in Subsection (d), may determine and declare: (1) a reasonable and safe prima facie speed limit; and. 1419, Sec. Sept. 1, 1995. 882 (H.B. Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. (c) An operator may not, except temporarily to load or unload merchandise or passengers, park an occupied or unoccupied vehicle: (1) within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing; or. (2) observes the violation while on a moving engine. (2) any other equipment or structure with: (A) a normal operating speed of 10 miles per hour or less; or. ADDITIONAL PARKING REGULATIONS. (b) If a county road outside the state highway system is located within 500 feet of a public or private elementary or secondary school, an open-enrollment charter school, or an institution of higher education that is not in a municipality, the commissioners court of the county, on request of the governing body of a school or institution of higher education, shall hold a public hearing at least once each calendar year to consider the prima facie speed limit on the road near the school or institution of higher education. (a) A person who on site observes a violation of Section 545.251, 545.252, 545.253, 545.254, or 545.255 may file a report of the violation if the person: (1) is an on-engine employee of a railroad; and. 2.07, eff. 265 (H.B. Sec. (b) A county commissioners court by order may give a designated official with transportation engineering experience establishing speed limits discretion to temporarily lower prima facie speed limits for a county road or highway outside the boundaries of a municipality at the site of an investigation using vehicular accident reconstruction. (B) not later than 72 hours after the violation; (A) an office of the department located in the county in which the violation occurred; (B) the sheriff of the county in which the violation occurred, if the violation occurred in the unincorporated area of the county; or, (C) the police department of a municipality, if the violation occurred in the municipality; and. September 1, 2009. (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 or visual signal, an operator, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, shall: (2) immediately drive to a position parallel to and as close as possible to the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway clear of any intersection; and. 265 (H.B. June 18, 1999. Sept. 1, 1995. 910, Sec. September 1, 2019. 357 (S.B. The governor shall then make an independent finding of fact and determine the existence of the facts in Subsection (c). The officer's vehicle must bear the insignia of a law enforcement agency, regardless of whether the vehicle displays an emergency light. Sec. 1353), Sec. (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. An operator may not drive through or in a safety zone. 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. (2) requires the key to be placed in the ignition or physically present in the vehicle before the vehicle can be operated. The commission may revise the procedure to accommodate technological advancement in traffic operation, the design and construction of highways and motor vehicles, and the safety of the motoring public. 1358 (H.B. (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. (b) This section does not apply to an operator of: (1) a vehicle that is disabled while on the paved or main traveled part of a highway if it is impossible to avoid stopping and temporarily leaving the vehicle on the highway; (2) a vehicle used exclusively to transport solid, semisolid, or liquid waste operated at the time in connection with the removal or transportation of solid, semisolid, or liquid waste from a location adjacent to the highway; or. September 1, 2009. Texas road construction delays. 545.204. (d) The court may order that the driver's license of a person convicted of a second or subsequent offense under this section be suspended for not longer than six months beginning on the date of conviction. (3) on entering the roadway, yield the right-of-way to an approaching vehicle. September 1, 2019. (b) The department may not release the information to any person or to another state governmental entity. (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. OPERATION OF SCHOOL BUS. To accomplish this purpose, the governmental entities shall request the cooperation of all news media in the state. 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. 312, Sec. 1, eff. STOPPING, STANDING, OR PARKING PROHIBITED IN CERTAIN PLACES. 15.71, 15.72, eff. (e) If a person does not pay the previously assessed fine or costs on a conviction under this section, or is determined by the court to have insufficient resources or income to pay a fine or costs on a conviction under this section, the court may order the person to perform community service. 165, Sec. Individuals who wish to have a restriction code removed should contact their local driver license office. SPECIAL SPEED LIMITATIONS. The commissioners court may not enforce the restrictions unless: (1) the department's executive director or the executive director's designee has approved the restrictions; and. Sept. 1, 1997. 545.252. AUTHORITY OF MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY TO TEMPORARILY LOWER SPEED LIMIT AT VEHICULAR ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION SITE. 545.066. 1346, Sec. 165, Sec. (b-1) Except as provided by Subsection (b-2), a local authority that enforces this section in a school crossing zone in the local authority's jurisdiction shall post a sign, or approve the posting of a sign by a school or school district, that complies with the standards described by this subsection at each entrance to the school crossing zone. Sec. The petition must be signed by at least 25 percent of the owners or tenants of residences in the subdivision. (b) An operator on a single-lane or two-lane street or roadway who approaches an intersection that is not controlled by an official traffic-control device and that is located on a divided highway or on a street or roadway divided into three or more marked traffic lanes: (1) shall stop, yield, and grant immediate use of the intersection to a vehicle on the other street or roadway that is within the intersection or approaching the intersection in such proximity as to be a hazard; and. Sec. 545.152. 1042, Sec. 165, Sec. 20.019, eff. (c) The department shall erect and maintain official traffic control devices necessary to implement and enforce a lane restriction imposed under this section. 265 (H.B. Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 545.404. Sept. 1, 1995. Sept. 1, 2003. This subsection does not apply to a federal-aid or state highway unless the director of the Texas Department of Transportation determines that the roadway is wide enough to permit angle parking without interfering with the free movement of traffic. September 1, 2007. The i-10 acts as a major connector for major cities, sea-ports, tourism, military, & energy assets located along it's corridor. Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. I-10 accidents I-10 constructions I-10 chat. (c) On a street or roadway designated for two-way traffic, the operator turning left shall, to the extent practicable, turn in the portion of the intersection to the left of the center of the intersection. June 20, 2003. Sec. (e) To the extent of any conflict between Subsection (a) or (b) and a municipal ordinance adopted under Section 545.302(g), the ordinance controls. (B) where pedestrians are not permitted to cross the roadway. (1) an operator of an authorized emergency or law enforcement vehicle using a portable wireless communication device while acting in an official capacity; or. 2, eff. 1042, Sec. OPERATION AND MOVEMENT OF VEHICLES. (1) alter the general rule established by Section 545.351(a); or. (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. (2) may not accelerate until completely passed by the passing vehicle. Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. (6) where an official sign prohibits standing. (3) stop and remain standing until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed. Renumbered from Transportation Code, Section 545.426 by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. SUBCHAPTER G. 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