Bill Text: TX HB1287 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Relating to the prima facie speed limit on certain streets and highways.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 20-4)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-26 - Committee report sent to Calendars [HB1287 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB1287-Comm_Sub.html
  86R19230 MP-F
 
  By: Israel, Phelan, Meyer, Murphy, Martinez, H.B. No. 1287
      et al.
 
  Substitute the following for H.B. No. 1287:
 
  By:  Ortega C.S.H.B. No. 1287
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the prima facie speed limit on certain streets and
  highways.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 545.352(b), Transportation Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (b)  Unless a special hazard exists that requires a slower
  speed for compliance with Section 545.351(b), the following speeds
  are lawful:
               (1)  [30 miles per hour] in an urban district:
                     (A)  on a street other than an alley:
                           (i)  30 miles per hour; or
                           (ii)  25 miles per hour if the street is
  located in a residence district and is not officially designated or
  marked as part of the state highway system; and
                     (B)  15 miles per hour in an alley;
               (2)  except as provided by Subdivision (4), 70 miles
  per hour on a highway numbered by this state or the United States
  outside an urban district, including a farm-to-market or
  ranch-to-market road;
               (3)  except as provided by Subdivision (4), 60 miles
  per hour on a highway that is outside an urban district and not a
  highway numbered by this state or the United States;
               (4)  outside an urban district:
                     (A)  60 miles per hour if the vehicle is a school
  bus that has passed a commercial motor vehicle inspection under
  Section 548.201 and is on a highway numbered by the United States or
  this state, including a farm-to-market road; or
                     (B)  50 miles per hour if the vehicle is a school
  bus that:
                           (i)  has not passed a commercial motor
  vehicle inspection under Section 548.201; or
                           (ii)  is traveling on a highway not numbered
  by the United States or this state;
               (5)  on a beach, 15 miles per hour; or
               (6)  on a county road adjacent to a public beach, 15
  miles per hour, if declared by the commissioners court of the
  county.
         SECTION 2.  Section 545.356(d), Transportation Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (d)  The governing body of a municipality that declares a
  lower speed limit on a highway or part of a highway under Subsection
  (b-1) or (b-3), not later than February 1 of each year, shall
  publish on its Internet website and submit to the department a
  report that compares for each of the two previous calendar years:
               (1)  the number of traffic citations issued by peace
  officers of the municipality and the alleged speed of the vehicles,
  for speed limit violations on the highway or part of the highway;
               [(2) the number of warning citations issued by peace
  officers of the municipality on the highway or part of the highway;]
  and
               (2) [(3)]  the number of vehicular accidents that
  resulted in injury or death and were attributable to speed limit
  violations on the highway or part of the highway.
         SECTION 3.  The change in law made by this Act to Section
  545.352(b), Transportation Code, applies only to an offense for a
  violation of that section committed on or after the effective date
  of this Act.  An offense for a violation of that section committed
  before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law in
  effect on the date the offense was committed, and the former law is
  continued in effect for that purpose. For purposes of this section,
  an offense was committed before the effective date of this Act if
  any element of the offense occurred before that date.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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