SB 0683 Imposes an additional fine for speeding in a construction or work zone
LR Number:2750L.08C Fiscal Note:2750-08
Committee:Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action:05/12/00 - S Calendar S Bills w/H Amendments (HS/HCS, aa) Journal page:
Title:HCS SCS SB 683
Effective Date:August 28, 2000
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HCS/SCS/SB 683 - This act expands the definition of "automobile transporter" to include a vehicle used for transporting camper units and adds a definition for "dromedary" (a component mounted behind the cab of a tractor-semitrailer). This provision is identical to SB 633 and substantially similar to HB 1442 and SCS/HB 1948.

The act also adds definitions of "interchange" and "intersection", and clarifies the legality of turning left off a divided highway. It also authorizes the highways and transportation commission to establish maximum weight and speed limits for vehicles using bridges found to warrant special limits. It also allows the department of transportation to issue special permits for transportation of lumber products and earth moving equipment not in excess of sixteen feet in width (current law is fourteen feet). This section is substantially similar to HB 1970.

This act imposes an additional fine for speeding in a construction or work zone if a construction worker is present. The additional fine is $250 for a violation of state law, or a $75 for a violation of a county or municipal ordinance. The penalty shall only be assessed if the Department of Transportation, political subdivision or a contractor of either entity has erected signs around the work zone to warn drivers. When workers are not present in a construction zone, the warning signs are to be removed and the additional fines would not be assessed. Municipalities are authorized to adopt additional penalties.

The act also requires that the exhaust tailpipe of any bus used to transport children to and from school shall extend no more than two inches beyond the perimeter of the bus's body or bumper. This section is identical to SB 541.

The act also incorporates part of HB 1672, making it a misdemeanor to knowingly avoid a weigh station by exiting the highway and re-entering at a point beyond the weight station.