relating to transportation; providing for obedience to school bus flaggers;
modifying speed limit requirements for a segment of marked Interstate Highway
35E; requiring certain signage on laned highways; providing that bus driver
is not subject to seat belt fines arising out of violations by certain passengers;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections 169.06, by adding a subdivision;
169.14, by adding subdivisions; 169.18, subdivision 7; 169.686, subdivision 1.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 169.06, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:
1.11 Subd. 4b. Obedience to school bus flagger. (a) A person may stop and hold
1.12vehicles in place at a location on a street or highway having one lane of traffic in each
1.13direction and a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less until it is safe for the vehicles
1.14to proceed, if the person:
1.15(1) is designated by the school district's transportation safety director to act as a
1.16school bus flagger;
1.17(2) controls traffic in order to enable one or more school buses to safely leave school
1.18property and enter the adjacent street or highway, or to safely enter school property from
1.19the adjacent street or highway; and
1.20(3) meets the safety and equipment standards of an adult crossing guard as provided
1.21in the manual and specifications adopted under subdivision 1.
1.22(b) A person operating a motor vehicle that has been stopped by a school bus flagger
1.23may proceed after stopping only on instruction by the school bus flagger or a police officer.
2.1(c) The authority under paragraph (a) does not apply in a school zone established
2.2under section 169.14, subdivision 5a, in which the speed limit of that street or highway
2.3outside the school zone is higher than 35 miles per hour.
Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 169.14, is amended by adding a subdivision
2.6 Subd. 2b. Speed limit; marked Interstate Highway 35E. Notwithstanding
2.7subdivision 2, the commissioner shall designate the speed limit on marked Interstate
2.8Highway 35E in St. Paul, from the interchange with marked Trunk Highway 5, known as
2.9West Seventh Street, to the interchange with marked Interstate Highway 94, as 55 miles
2.10per hour unless the commissioner designates a different speed limit on that highway
2.11after (1) conducting an engineering and traffic investigation under subdivision 4, and (2)
2.12determining that a different speed limit is reasonable and safe. Any speed in excess of a
2.13speed limit designated under this subdivision is unlawful.
2.14EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 169.14, is amended by adding a subdivision
2.17 Subd. 5g. Conviction recording; marked Interstate Highway 35E. Except as
2.18provided in section 171.12, subdivision 6, paragraph (c), the Department of Public Safety
2.19shall not keep on the record of a driver any conviction for a violation of a speed limit on
2.20marked Interstate Highway 35E in the city of St. Paul, from its intersection with West
2.21Seventh Street to its intersection with marked Interstate Highway 94, unless the violation
2.22consists of a speed greater than ten miles per hour in excess of the speed limit.
Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 169.18, subdivision 7, is amended to read:
Subd. 7. Laned highway.
When any roadway has been divided into two or more
clearly marked lanes for traffic, the following rules, in addition to all others consistent
herewith, shall apply:
(a) A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane
and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such
movement can be made with safety.
(b) Upon a roadway which is not a one-way roadway and which is divided into three
lanes, a vehicle shall not be driven in the center lane except when overtaking and passing
another vehicle where the roadway is clearly visible and such center lane is clear of traffic
within a safe distance, or in preparation for a left turn or where such center lane is at the
time allocated exclusively to traffic moving in the direction the vehicle is proceeding, and
is signposted to give notice of such allocation. The left lane of a three-lane roadway which
is not a one-way roadway shall not be used for overtaking and passing another vehicle.
(c) Official signs may be erected by a road authority
directing slow-moving traffic to
use a designated lane or allocating specified lanes to traffic moving in the same direction,
and must be erected as appropriate to instruct motorists of the requirements under
Drivers of vehicles shall obey the directions of every such sign.
(d) Whenever a bicycle lane has been established on a roadway, any person
operating a motor vehicle on such roadway shall not drive in the bicycle lane except to
perform parking maneuvers in order to park where parking is permitted, to enter or leave
the highway, or to prepare for a turn as provided in section
169.19, subdivision 1
3.12(e) A vehicle must be driven in the right-hand lane according to subdivision 10.
Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 169.686, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. Seat belt requirement.
(a) Except as provided in section
properly adjusted and fastened seat belt, including both the shoulder and lap belt when the
vehicle is so equipped, shall be worn by the driver and passengers of a passenger vehicle,
commercial motor vehicle, type III vehicle, and type III Head Start vehicle.
(b) A person who is 15 years of age or older and who violates paragraph (a) is
subject to a fine of $25. The driver of the vehicle in which a violation occurs is subject to
a $25 fine for each violation of paragraph (a) by the driver or by a passenger under the
age of 15, but the court may not impose more than one surcharge under section
, on the driver. The Department of Public Safety shall not record a violation
of this subdivision on a person's driving record.
3.24(c) The driver of a bus is not subject to the fine under paragraph (b) for a violation of
3.25paragraph (a) by a passenger under the age of 15. This paragraph does not apply to (1)
3.26a school bus, including a type III vehicle; and (2) a Head Start bus, including a type III
3.27Head Start vehicle.
3.28EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective August 1, 2016, and applies to
3.29violations committed on or after that date.