Archive for Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Patrol reminds Kansans of new laws on the books

June 30, 2010

The Kansas Highway Patrol is reminding Kansans that several new laws go into effect this week, and two laws that were effective last July with a one-year warning period become enforceable with a citation.

Kansas’ new primary seatbelt law has been effective since June 10, and beginning June 30, drivers and passengers can be cited for violation of the law. This law change makes it possible for law enforcement officers to conduct a traffic stop if the driver or front seat passenger is not wearing their seatbelt. A requirement has also been added requiring The Kansas Highway Patrol is reminding Kansans that several new laws go into effect this week, and two laws that were effective last July with a one-year warning period become enforceable with a citation.

Kansas’ new primary seatbelt law has been effective since June 10, and beginning June 30, drivers and passengers can be cited for violation of the law. This law change makes it possible for law enforcement officers to conduct a traffic stop if the driver or front seat passenger is not wearing their seatbelt. A requirement has also been added requiring adult passengers in the rear seats of a vehicle to wear their seatbelts.

A texting ban is another new piece of legislation in Kansas. The ban prohibits a driver from using a wireless device to write, send, or read a written communication while operating a motor vehicle on a public road or highway. This includes text messages, instant messages, and e-mails. The ban is effective July 1.

License plate visibility is addressed by a new law effective July 1. This law prohibits a license plate from being covered in whole, or in part, by any clear or opaque material, or any other plastic-like material that affects the plate’s visibility or reflectivity.

Two laws that were effective last July, become enforceable by citation effective July 1. The “Move It Law” mandates that drivers involved in non-injury crashes on interstate, U.S. highways, or any divided or multilane roadways in the state, as long as the vehicles are not transporting hazardous materials, move vehicles out of the lane of traffic if it is safe to do so. This law is intended to keep drivers and passengers safe by getting them out of the lane of traffic and away from oncoming vehicles. If vehicles can be driven, they should be moved to a safer location such as a shoulder or the nearest exit to exchange information or to contact law enforcement.

The warning period for the “Right Lane Law” also expires after June 30. The Right Lane Law prohibits vehicles on highways outside the corporate limits of any city, divided into two or more lanes of traffic proceeding in the same direction, from being operated in the far left lane, except when:

• overtaking and passing another vehicle;

• preparing to make a proper left turn;

• otherwise directed by traffic-control devices; or

• otherwise required by other provisions of law (e.g. stopped emergency or maintenance vehicles).

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