3rd Engrossment - 83rd Legislature (2003 - 2004) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to traffic regulations; providing that 1.3 violation of 60 miles per hour speed limit that does 1.4 not exceed five miles per hour not be recorded on 1.5 driving record; requiring the commissioner of 1.6 transportation to conduct engineering and traffic 1.7 investigations on certain trunk highways and adjust 1.8 speed limits accordingly; amending Minnesota Statutes 1.9 2002, sections 169.14, by adding a subdivision; 1.10 169.99, subdivision 1b; 171.12, subdivision 6. 1.11 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.12 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 169.14, is 1.13 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 1.14 Subd. 2a. [SPEED LIMIT ON INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 35E.] The 1.15 commissioner shall designate the speed limit on marked 1.16 Interstate Highway 35E from West Seventh Street to marked 1.17 Interstate Highway 94 in St. Paul as 55 miles per hour, unless 1.18 the commissioner designates a different speed limit on that 1.19 highway after conducting an engineering and traffic 1.20 investigation under subdivision 4 and determining that a 1.21 different speed limit is reasonable and safe. Any speed in 1.22 excess of a speed limit designated under this section is 1.23 unlawful. 1.24 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 169.99, 1.25 subdivision 1b, is amended to read: 1.26 Subd. 1b. [SPEED.] The uniform traffic ticket must provide 1.27 a blank or space wherein: 1.28 (1) an officer who issues a citation for a violation of 2.1 section 169.14, subdivision 2, paragraph (a), clause (3), must 2.2 specify whether the speed was greater than ten miles per hour in 2.3 excess of the lawful speed; 2.4 (2) an officer who issues a citation for exceeding a speed 2.5 limit of 60 miles per hour must specify whether the speed was 2.6 greater than five miles per hour in excess of the lawful speed; 2.7 and 2.8 (3) an officer who issues a citation for a violation of 2.9 section 169.14, subdivision 2, paragraph (a), clause (2), (4), 2.10 or (5), must specify whether the speed was greater than ten 2.11 miles per hour in excess of the lawful speed. 2.12 Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 171.12, 2.13 subdivision 6, is amended to read: 2.14 Subd. 6. [CERTAIN CONVICTIONS NOT RECORDED.] The 2.15 department shall not keep on the record of a driver any 2.16 conviction for: 2.17 (1) a violation of section 169.14, subdivision 2, paragraph 2.18 (a), clause (3), unless the violation consisted of a speed 2.19 greater than ten miles per hour in excess of the lawful speed; 2.20 (2) a violation of a speed limit of 60 miles per hour 2.21 unless the violation consisted of a speed greater than five 2.22 miles per hour in excess of the lawful speed; or 2.23 (3) a violation of section 169.14, subdivision 2, paragraph 2.24 (a), clause (2), (4), or (5), unless the violation consisted of 2.25 a speed greater than ten miles per hour in excess of the lawful 2.26 speed. 2.27 Sec. 4. [REPORT REQUIRED.] 2.28 The commissioner of transportation shall conduct 2.29 engineering and traffic investigations of speeds on trunk 2.30 highways and Interstate freeways that (1) are part of the United 2.31 States highway numbering system, and (2) have a speed limit of 2.32 55 miles per hour in the case of trunk highways and 70 miles per 2.33 hour in the case of Interstate freeways. After conducting the 2.34 engineering and traffic investigation on any such highway, the 2.35 commissioner shall designate a speed limit of 60 miles per hour 2.36 on trunk highways and 75 miles per hour on Interstate freeways 3.1 if the commissioner determines on the basis of the investigation 3.2 that such a speed limit is reasonable, safe, and unlikely to 3.3 raise the medical costs associated with motor vehicle crashes. 3.4 The commissioner shall report by February 1, 2005, to the chairs 3.5 of the legislative committees having jurisdiction over 3.6 transportation policy and finance on each highway on which the 3.7 commissioner has conducted an engineering and traffic 3.8 investigation under this section, and in each case describe the 3.9 results of the investigation and the commissioner's ensuing 3.10 action. 3.11 Sec. 5. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 3.12 Sections 1 to 4 are effective June 1, 2004.