Below are some
of the new laws relevent to Texas drivers and passengers.
84, known as Katie’s Law, requires drivers 85
years of age and above to pass a vision test to have
their driver license renewed. Licenses will be valid
for two years instead of six. Drivers age 79 and older
are not allowed to renew their driver licenses electronically.
HB 586 prohibits
a driver who is issued a speeding ticket and found guilty
of driving at a speed of 95 miles per hour or higher
from taking a driving safety class to dismiss the ticket.
SB 153 makes it an offense for the accompanying licensed
passenger of a driver with a learner’s permit
to sleep, be intoxicated or to engage in any activity
that prevents the passenger from observing and responding
to the actions of the driver of the vehicle.
HB 3849, makes it an offense if an ATV is driven on
public property while the driver and passengers are
not wearing required safety apparel.
The complete texts
of these bills can be found at www.capitol.state.tx.us.