79R1970 DWS-D

By:  Guillen                                                      H.B. No. 190

relating to possession of certain devices affecting operation of a traffic-control signal; providing a criminal penalty. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. This Act may be called the MIRT Act. SECTION 2. Chapter 544, Transportation Code, is amended by adding Section 544.0055 to read as follows: Sec. 544.0055. MOBILE INFRARED TRANSMITTER PROHIBITED. (a) In this section, "mobile infrared transmitter" means a device that emits an infrared beam with the capability of changing a traffic-control signal out of sequence. (b) A person commits an offense if the person possesses a mobile infrared transmitter. (c) It is an exception to the application of Subsection (b) that the mobile infrared transmitter is possessed by a person for use in official emergency response duties, as determined by rules adopted by the Texas Department of Transportation. (d) An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor. SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.