SB 0052 Modifies traffic regulations relating to construction zones, bridge weight limits and emergency vehicles
LR Number:0357S.04C Fiscal Note:0357-04
Last Action:05/18/01 - 002 H Calendar S Bills for Third Reading w/HCAs 1 & 2 Journal page:
Title:SCS SBs 52 & 91
Effective Date:August 28, 2001
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SCS/SBs 52 & 91 - This act makes several changes to Missouri's traffic regulations.

This act changes the definition of "automobile transporter" to include recreational vehicles.

This act also changes the current bridge formula structure. Currently, one weight formula applies to primary and interstate highways and another weight formula applies to supplementary highways. The act establishes one statewide weight structure. The Highways and Transportation Commission is allowed to establish maximum weight and speed limits for vehicles using bridges that are in such condition that weights specified by the standard weight formula will endanger the bridge. Special posting is required in such cases. This provision is similar to that contained in HB 1970 (2000).

This act also increases the allowable width for special permits for vehicles hauling lumber products and earth moving equipment. The maximum width is currently 14 feet wide; the act removes this reference. This is similar to a provision contained in HB 1979 (2000).

This act imposes an additional fine of $250 for speeding in a construction zone if a construction worker is present. The act also requires the Department of Transportation to erect signs to warn drivers that a $250 fine will be imposed for speeding in the work zone. The act also authorizes counties to assess a $75 fine for speeding in a construction zone if a construction worker is present and appropriate signs have been posted. These provisions were contained in SB 683 (2000) and HB 338 (1999).

This act allows school bus exhaust tailpipes to extend two inches beyond the perimeter of the body or bumper. Current law does not allow the exhaust tailpipes to protrude from the bus at all. This provision is similar to one contained in SB 541 (2000).

This act requires drivers to take certain actions, including yielding the right-of-way when possible, when an emergency vehicle is approaching. This is similar to the provision contained in SB 91 (2001).