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Old 09-01-2005, 09:19 AM   #1
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New Driving Laws effective today

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NEW DRIVING-RELATED LAWS IN 2005
Effective September 1, 2005

The full or amended text of each bill at http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/
(change the default to 79th Regular Session)

SB 129 authorizes TXDOT to reduce or waive tolls for any vehicle or class of vehicles.

SB 217 employers of CDL drivers must report a positive alcohol and drug test or test tampering to the DPS

SB 1257 Specifies that a person under 18 years of age, during the six-month period following issuance of an original Class A, B, or C driver's license may not operate a motor vehicle while using a wireless communications device, also, operators of passenger buses with a minor passenger may not operate a wireless communication device while the bus is in motion except for emergencies.

HB 51 alcohol detectors must be install on the cars of people convicted of DWI where their BAC was 0.15 or more.

HB 160 manufacturers of motor vehicles must disclose in the owner's manual if the vehicle is equipped with a recording device. Also, the recorded or transmitted information may not be retrieved by a person other than the owner ...except under certain circumstances.

HB 183 makes violation of laws regarding child protective seats and wearing of seat belts a moving violation (and thus actionable by insurance companies -jb).

HB 364 makes it illegal to sell, purchase, or possess a traffic-control signal preemption device

HB 703 allows a judge to charge a fee of $10 for obtaining a copy of the defendant's driving record before giving the deferral of adjudication or letting the person take a Defensive Driving course.

HB 754 requires a commercial motor vehicle transporting aggregates or refuse to have the load completely covered

HB 1357 automatic six-month license suspension or denial of a new license for six months for any adult other than a parent, guardian or spouse who is convicted of purchasing alcohol or knowingly furnishing alcohol to anyone under 21

HB 1481 makes it illegal to drive around a barricade where a warning sign or barricade has been placed because water is over any portion of a road.

HB 1484 makes it a Class C misdemeanor if a person does not stop and render aid after a vehicle crash.

HB 1596 specifies that TXDOT may prohibit the operation of a motor-assisted scooter on a highway.

HB 1646 amends Section 501.002(14) so that "All-Terrain Vehicle" does not include golf carts.

HB 2257 raises the daytime speed limit of 80 miles per hour for some parts of I-10 in West Texas. Does not apply to truck tractors, trailers, semitrailers, or trucks, other than light trucks and light trucks pulling a trailer.

HB 2337 requires DPS to establish an image verification system based on an applicant's facial image and an applicant's thumbprints or fingerprints for persons obtaining a personal identification certificate, driver's license, or commercial driver's license or permit. Image comparison technology will be used to ensure that the applicant is issued only one original license, permit, or certificate; does not fraudulently obtain a duplicate license.

HB 2868 specifies that an adult 21 years of age or older is liable for damages proximately caused by the intoxication of a minor under the age of 18 if the adult knowingly allowed the minor to be served or provided any of the alcoholic beverages that contributed to the minor's intoxication. This law does not apply if the adult is the minor's parent, guardian, or spouse.
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Old 09-01-2005, 09:27 AM   #2
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Re: New Driving Laws effective today

I especially like this one:

"• HB 183 makes violation of laws regarding child protective seats and wearing of seat belts a moving violation (and thus actionable by insurance companies -jb)."
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+1, lets just hope they enforce it............ i hate seeing unseatbelted kids......... :dontknow:
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Old 09-01-2005, 09:45 AM   #4
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Re: New Driving Laws effective today

Do you interpret that as no seatbelt/carseat for children (and Adults) will result in a moving violation or just children?

I usually wear my seat belt all the time but I can't help having ADD :eh:
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Just children as far as I can read into it.
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Re: New Driving Laws effective today

hb 2337 at the end.
there trying to cut down on identity theft. step in the right direction.
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Old 09-01-2005, 10:38 AM   #7
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+1, lets just hope they enforce it............ i hate seeing unseatbelted kids......... :dontknow:
MAN, I HATE that too.* Especially seeing ppl riding with babies in their laps.* Im like, WTF, you planning to use ur child as an airbag? :BangHead:

HB 364 makes it illegal to sell, purchase, or possess a traffic-control signal preemption device
.....so, does that mean that we cant put them magnet things to trigger lights?
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Old 09-01-2005, 10:56 AM   #8
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Re: New Driving Laws effective today

HB 1484 makes it a Class C misdemeanor if a person does not stop and render aid after a vehicle crash.

so we have to stop everytime we see a wrecked vehicle?
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• HB 364 makes it illegal to sell, purchase, or possess a traffic-control signal preemption device
.....so, does that mean that we cant put them magnet things to trigger lights?
No, they're talking about the strobe-light thingies like those on emergency vehicles which immediately change the lights to green. The magnets simply break the magnetic field to let the traffic light know you're there.
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+1, lets just hope they enforce it............ i hate seeing unseatbelted kids......... :dontknow:
MAN, I HATE that too.* Especially seeing ppl riding with babies in their laps.* Im like, WTF, you planning to use ur child as an airbag? :BangHead:

HB 364 makes it illegal to sell, purchase, or possess a traffic-control signal preemption device
.....so, does that mean that we cant put them magnet things to trigger lights?
no i think it has to do w/ those devices that trigger the lights to change in your favor. somebody made a commercial one.....kinda like what fire trucks and amby's have.
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ooooooh, ok.
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Re: New Driving Laws effective today

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HB 1484 makes it a Class C misdemeanor if a person does not stop and render aid after a vehicle crash.

so we have to stop everytime we see a wrecked vehicle?
or does this mean we have to report every wreck now? cant settle under table?
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hopefully it all works out
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Re: New Driving Laws effective today

"All-Terrain Vehicle" does not include golf carts. :laughing6: Where do they come up w/this !
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Re: New Driving Laws effective today

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HB 1484 makes it a Class C misdemeanor if a person does not stop and render aid after a vehicle crash.

so we have to stop everytime we see a wrecked vehicle?
or does this mean we have to report every wreck now? cant settle under table?
Naw it's not that I think if it's somethin serious an dyou're the first one there you have to stop and help. There's another term for it but I cant remember. Im pretty sure you can settle under the table. The bill says to stop and help... it doesn't say to report it.
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