Bill No.: HB0085 Drafter: DKG

 

LSO No.: 09LSO-0361 Effective Date: 7/1/2009

 

Enrolled Act No.: HEA0107

 

Chapter No.: 210

 

Prime Sponsor: Representative Blake

 

Catch Title: Motor vehicle chain law.

 

Subject: Motor vehicles

 

Summary/Major Elements:

 

The act amends the existing law regarding requirements to use chains during adverse weather conditions. The act:

 

         Allows the director of the department of transportation to restrict travel to only necessary emergency vehicles, vehicles utilizing adequate snow tires or tire chains and all-wheel drive motor vehicles.

 

         Allows the director of the department of transportation to further restrict travel on roadways during extremely hazardous conditions to only necessary emergency vehicles, vehicles using tire chains and all-wheel drive vehicles utilizing snow tires with mud and snow or all-weather ratings and tread depths adequate to provide sufficient traction.

 

         Establishes that travel restrictions are effective when signs giving notice are erected upon the restricted portion of the highway.

 

         Requires drivers of commercial vehicles to affix chains to at least two of the drive wheels at opposite ends of the same drive axle.

 

         Defines what is an adequate tire chain.

 

         Provides penalties for persons not complying with the act, including higher fines if noncompliance leads to an incident which causes a lane of traffic to be closed.