01RS SB155


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SB 155/LM (BR 1418) - R. Jones II

     AN ACT relating to motor carrier safety.
     Create a new section of KRS 281, regarding motor carrier safety, to define the terms "lights" and "reflectors"; require operators of commercial vehicles to have all lights and reflectors required by federal regulation to be present, operable, and unobstructed by dirt or debris; direct law enforcement and the Transportation Cabinet to aggressively enforce violations of this section; amend KRS 281.990 to set penalties for violation at $250 for each offense; allow dismissal of a citation for inoperable lights or missing reflectors if the offender presents proof to the county attorney, within thirty days of the citation, that the defect has been corrected; prohibit dismissal of citation or reduction of fine if citation was for obstructed lights or reflectors.


     SFA (1, R. Jones II) - Amend the penalty provisions to delete paragraph (c) of subsection (5) of Section 2 in its entirety and replace it with provisions that a person shall not be issued a citation if the atmospheric conditions all motorists were subjected to at the time the person is stopped by a law enforcement officer reasonably limit the ability of a person to keep the vehicle's lights or reflectors from being obscured by dirt, mud, or debris.

     Feb 14-introduced in Senate
     Feb 19-to Transportation (S)
     Feb 21-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar; floor amendment (1) filed
     Feb 22-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 27-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, February 28, 2001
     Feb 28-3rd reading, passed 38-0 with floor amendment (1)
     Mar 1-received in House
     Mar 2-to Judiciary (H)
     Mar 5-posting waived; posted in committee
     Mar 7-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Mar 8-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, March 9, 2001
     Mar 9-3rd reading, passed 75-18; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer, delivered to Governor
     Mar 20-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 159)

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