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Laws of Minnesota 1990 CHAPTER 482-S.F.No. 1729 An act relating to traffic regulations; requiring motorists to activate vehicle lights during inclement weather conditions; providing that violation is not negligence per se or prima facie evidence of negligence; regulating handicapped parking; prohibiting citation quotas; amending Minnesota Statutes 1988, sections 169.346, subdivision 2; and 169.48; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 169. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 169.48, is amended to read: 169.48 [VEHICLE LIGHTING.] Subdivision 1. [LIGHTS TO BE DISPLAYED.] Every vehicle upon a highway within this state
,: (1) at any time from sunset to sunrise; (2) at any time when it is raining, snowing, sleeting, or hailing; and (3) at any other time when visibility is impaired by weather, smoke, fog or other conditions or there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible persons and vehicles on the highway at a distance of 500 feet ahead, shall display lighted lamps and illuminating devices, as hereinafter, respectively, required for different classes of vehicles, subject to exceptions with respect to parked vehicles, as hereinafter stated. In addition to the other requirements of this paragraph, every school bus transporting children upon a highway within this state, at any time from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset, shall display lighted lamps and illuminating devices as required by this paragraph, except that the operator shall use the lower most distribution of light specified in section 169.60 unless conditions warrant otherwise. When requirement is hereinafter declared as to the distance from which certain lamps and devices shall render objects visible or within which such lamps or devices shall be visible, these provisions shall apply during the time stated in this section upon a straight level unlighted highway under normal atmospheric conditions unless a different time or condition is expressly stated and unless otherwise specified the location of lamps and devices shall refer to the center of such lamps or devices. Parking lamps shall not be used in lieu of head lamps to satisfy the requirements of this section. Subd. 2. [CERTAIN VIOLATIONS; NEGLIGENCE.] Notwithstanding section 169.96, a violation of subdivision 1, clause (2), is not negligence per se or prima facie evidence of negligence. Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 169.346, subdivision 2, is amended to read: Subd. 2. [SIGNS; PARKING SPACES TO BE FREE OF OBSTRUCTIONS.] (a) Handicapped parking spaces must be designated and identified by the posting of signs incorporating the international symbol of access in white on blue andindicating that the parking space is reserved for handicapped persons with vehicles displaying the required certificate, license plates, or insignia, and indicating that violators are subject to a fine of up to $200. A sign posted for the purpose of this section must be visible from inside a vehicle parked in the space, be kept clear of snow or other obstructions which block its visibility, and be nonmovable or only movable by authorized persons. (b) The owner or manager of the property on which the designated parking space is located shall ensure that the space is kept free of obstruction. If the owner or manager allows the space to be blocked by snow, merchandise, or similar obstructions for 24 hours after receiving a warning from a peace officer, the owner or manager is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine of up to $500. Sec. 3. [169.985] [TRAFFIC CITATION QUOTAS PROHIBITED.] A law enforcement agency may not order, mandate, require, or suggest to a peace officer a quota for the issuance of traffic citations on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis. Sec. 4. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] Section 2 is effective November 15, 1990. Presented to the governor April 24, 1990 Signed by the governor April 26, 1990, 10:45 p.m.