Amended by State Law 4-68. Further amended by
State Law 7-156.
Section 13.703. Violating
rules of the road.
Violating rules of the road is being the
driver of a vehicle and committing any of the following acts:
(1) failing to obey a sign or marker erected pursuant to Section 17.103;
(2) failing to drive on the right side of the road except when passing another vehicle lawfully or when the right side of the road is (impassable);
(3) passing another vehicle traveling in the same direction on the right of the vehicle or on the left of the vehicle when the left side of the road is not clearly visible and free of oncoming traffic for a distance of three hundred feet;
(4) following another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent considering the speed that the vehicle is traveling and the condition of the road;
(5) entering an intersection and failing to yield the right-of-way to a vehicle that has entered the intersection first;
(6) entering an intersection at the same time as another vehicle and failing to yield the right-of-way to the vehicle entering the intersection to the right;
(7) turning left from within an intersection and failing to yield to a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close as to create an immediate hazard;
(8) entering a road from a driveway or private road and failing to yield the right-of-way to all motor vehicles approaching on the road;
(9) driving on a road and failing to yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles;
(10) driving on a road and failing to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the road;
(11) stopping on a road or turning while on a road and failing to signal the stop or turn by the hand and arm in a manner required by regulations issued pursuant to Section 5.202(1)(e) or by signal lamp or lamps or mechanical signal;
(12) driving at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent considering the traffic, surface and width of the road, weather, hazards, pedestrians and any other condition existing;
(13) driving at a speed greater than fifteen miles per hour when passing a school or its grounds during the months school is in session;
(14) driving at a speed greater than twenty miles per hour in any area used primarily for either businesses or residences;
(15) driving at a speed greater than twenty-five miles per hour in any other area;
(16) parking a vehicle, whether attended or unattended, and failing to park as far to the right of the road as is practicable;
(17) stopping or parking a vehicle, whether attended or unattended, in any of the following places:
(a) within fifteen feet of an intersection;
(b) on a crosswalk;
(c) within thirty feet of an official stop sign;
(d) within fifteen feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station;
(e) within fifteen feet of a fire hydrant or an area so designated;
(f) in front of a private driveway;
(g) on a sidewalk;
(h) alongside or opposite any street or road excavation or obstruction when such stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic;
(i) on the road side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge of a highway; or
(j) on the traffic base of any road.
(18) having control or charge of a vehicle and allowing the vehicle to stand on a road unattended without first effectively setting the brakes, stopping the motor and placing it in gear;
(19) driving a vehicle when the vehicle is so loaded as to obstruct the view of the driver to the front or sides or to interfere with the driver's control over the driving mechanism of the vehicle. This section is violated when more than two persons (including the driver) are seated in the front seat of any jeep or when more than three persons (including the driver) are seated in the front seat of any other type of vehicle, except that one child under seven years of age may be seated in addition to the above;
(20) driving a two-wheeled or three-wheeled motor vehicle and failing to wear a safety helmet of a nature and in a manner required by regulations issued pursuant to Section 5.202(1)(e), or carrying any passenger who fails to wear such a helmet;
(21) driving a two-wheeled or three-wheeled motor vehicle or [and] carrying more than one passenger, except that a person under the age of five years may sit on the passenger's lap;
(22) passing a school bus which is discharging or receiving passengers; [
(23) being the driver of a school bus and failing to activate the bus' front and rear warning lights before discharging or receiving passengers, or if the either set of lights is inoperative or if the bus in not equipped with warning lights, failing to by manual signal halt both lanes of traffic. A school bus driver does not allow a passenger to leave the bus or approach a bus for admission until both lanes of traffic have halted; or
(24) being the driver of a pickup, flatbed, or other open-bed truck while a passenger of that truck rides on top of the pickup bed wall, on top of the tailgate, on the front or rear bumper, on the hood, or on the roof of the cab.
Violating rules of the road is a category 4 misdemeanor.
Amended by State Law 7-17.
Section 13.704. Failing to
respond to an accident.
Failing to respond to an accident is being
the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to
a person or damage to property and failing to immediately stop the vehicle and
give one's name, address and the registration number of his vehicle and exhibit
his operator's license to the person struck or the driver or occupants of the
vehicle collided with and failing to render reasonable assistance to any person
injured in such accident. Failing to respond to an accident is a category
Section 13.705. Failing to report an accident.
Failing to report an accident is being the
driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to any
person or property damage to an apparent extent of fifty dollars or more, and
failing to make a report to the Police within twenty-four hours or as soon
thereafter as normal means of transportation and communication will permit.
Failing to report an accident is a category 4 misdemeanor.
Section 13.706. Failing to make a garage report.
Failing to make a garage report is being
the owner or operator of a garage or repair shop and failing to report to the
Police within twenty-four hours the model number, registration number and name
and address of the owner or operator of any vehicle showing evidence of having
been involved in an accident to an apparent extent of fifty dollars or more or
having been struck by a bullet. Failing to make a garage report is a
category 4 misdemeanor.
Section 13.707. Operating improperly equipped vehicle.
Operating an improperly equipped vehicle is operating a vehicle which does not conform to the standards set by Chapter 4 of Title 17. Operating an improperly
equipped vehicle is a category 4 misdemeanor.
Section 13.708. Negligent driving.
Negligent driving is driving a vehicle in
such a manner as to constitute a substantial deviation from the standard of care
a reasonable person would exercise in the situation. Negligent driving is
a category 3 misdemeanor.
Section 13.709. Reckless driving.
Reckless driving is driving a vehicle recklessly or with gross, wilful or wanton
disregard for the lives or safety of the public. Reckless driving is a
category 1 misdemeanor.
Amended by State Law 3-73.
Section 13.710. Driving under the influence.
Driving under the influence is driving a
vehicle while under the influence of alcoholic drink or a controlled substance
or any other intoxicating substance. Driving under the influence is a
category 1 misdemeanor.
Amended by State Laws 3-74 and 5-111.
Section 13.711. Failing to fulfill commercial vehicle importer
Failing to fulfill commercial vehicle
importer duties is being a commercial vehicle importer, which is importing and
selling more than one vehicle a year, and either (1) failing to maintain a parts
manual and a service manual for each vehicle model imported or (2) failing to
supply or order within 48 hours a part requested for a vehicle imported or sold
by the commercial vehicle importer. Commercial vehicle importer duties
continue for a period of three years from the time a vehicle is sold.
Failing to fulfill commercial vehicle importer duties is a category four