New State Laws – SIMPLIFIED

In the mid-to-late 1990s, famed radio DJ and morning show host Ron Chapman had a daily segment called “Doofus-Proof”, which was intended to keep listeners in the know about certain news items which would normally catch people off-guard.

As such, it is time for us at HCN to “Doofus-Proof” you on some of these new laws that went into effect today.  Please note that this is not a comprehensive list.  Here are four of the new laws going into effect today, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety:

  • Do you have a vehicle with automatic start?  HB 2194 creates an exemption to a previous statute which will allow those of you with such a device on your automobile to leave it running unattended.
  • SB 1918 amends another current statute to allow LED lights on your motorcycle, provided they light up the body of, ground below, your motorcycle.  Be sure, though, that they are a non-flashing amber or white.  DPS says anything else would be confused for emergency vehicle flashing-style lights.
  • As per SB 1934, you are now required to have either a Social Security Card or proof that you are not eligible for a Social Security Card in order to get a Driver’s License or a State ID.  Also, you’re limited to only one DL or ID; and non-expiring DL’s and ID’s for citizens aged 60 and older have been discontinued.
  • HB 2246 will make it much more difficult for those convicted of a drunk-driving offense to become a repeat offender, as judges are now required to restrict such offenders, whose license has been suspended, to the operation of a motor vehicle equipped with an ignition-interlock device.  These devices are to remain in the offender’s motor vehicle throughout the entire duration of the suspension, while an occupational driver’s license will be issued with the proper designation.  Offenses included by this bill are driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated with a child passenger, flying while intoxicated, boating while intoxicated, assembling or operating an amusement ride while intoxicated, intoxication assault, or intoxication manslaughter.

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