Bill Text: TX HB795 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the designation of highway safety corridors; increasing a fine.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-04-13 - Left pending in committee [HB795 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB795-Introduced.html
  87R2963 BEE-F
 
  By: Goodwin H.B. No. 795
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the designation of highway safety corridors; increasing
  a fine.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 201.905(b), Transportation Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (b)  A program under this section may also include literature
  distributed to the public by the department concerning:
               (1)  the program established under this section; and
               (2)  highway safety corridors designated under Section
  201.9051.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter K, Chapter 201, Transportation Code,
  is amended by adding Section 201.9051 to read as follows:
         Sec. 201.9051.  HIGHWAY SAFETY CORRIDOR. (a) The
  department shall designate as a highway safety corridor a portion
  of a roadway containing:
               (1)  a site described by Section 201.905, regardless of
  whether the department has established the program under that
  section; or
               (2)  a site with a high number of traffic fatalities, as
  identified by the governing body of the municipality or county in
  whose jurisdiction the site is located.
         (b)  The department shall erect a sign at each end of the
  highway safety corridor and at appropriate intermediate sites along
  the corridor:
               (1)  indicating that it is a highway safety corridor;
  and
               (2)  stating "Fines double: highway safety corridor."
         (c)  The department may include on the same sign the
  information required for:
               (1)  a highway safety corridor under this section; and
               (2)  a traffic safety sign under Section 201.905(a).
         (d)  The commission by rule shall establish processes for the
  governing body of a municipality or county to:
               (1)  identify sites with high numbers of traffic
  fatalities; and
               (2)  inform the department of sites identified under
  Subdivision (1) for designation as a highway safety corridor.
         SECTION 3.  Subchapter D, Chapter 542, Transportation Code,
  is amended by adding Section 542.4046 to read as follows:
         Sec. 542.4046.  FINE FOR OFFENSE IN HIGHWAY SAFETY CORRIDOR.
  (a)  In this section, "highway safety corridor" means a portion of a
  roadway designated by the department in accordance with Section
  201.9051.
         (b)  If an offense under this subtitle, other than an offense
  under Chapter 548 or 552 or Section 545.412 or 545.413, is committed
  in a highway safety corridor:
               (1)  the minimum fine applicable to the offense is
  twice the minimum fine that would be applicable to the offense if it
  were committed outside a highway safety corridor; and
               (2)  the maximum fine applicable to the offense is
  twice the maximum fine that would be applicable to the offense if it
  were committed outside a highway safety corridor.
         SECTION 4.  As soon as practicable after the effective date
  of this Act, the Texas Department of Transportation by rule shall
  establish the processes required by Section 201.9051(d),
  Transportation Code, as added by this Act.
         SECTION 5.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act.
  An offense committed before the effective date of this Act is
  covered by the law in effect immediately before the effective date
  of this Act, 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
  was committed before that date.
         SECTION 6.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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