Bill Text: TX SB221 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the prima facie speed limit in certain urban districts.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-11-30 - Filed [SB221 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-SB221-Introduced.html
  87R2521 MP-F
 
  By: Zaffirini S.B. No. 221
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the prima facie speed limit in certain urban districts.
         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)  except as provided by Subdivision (7), 30 miles
  per hour in an urban district on a street other than an alley and 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; or
               (7)  in a municipality with a population greater than
  950,000, 25 miles per hour in an urban district on a street other
  than an alley and 15 miles per hour in an alley.
         SECTION 2.  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
  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 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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