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HOUSE BILL NO. 114
INTRODUCED BY MCCULLOCH L
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT REQUIRING VEHICLES TO YIELD TO A BUS ENTERING TRAFFIC AFTER LOADING OR UNLOADING PASSENGERS; PROVIDING A PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO YIELD; PROVIDING SIGNALING AND SIGNING REQUIREMENTS FOR A BUS; AUTHORIZING THE ADOPTION OF RULES CONCERNING SIGN REQUIREMENTS; AND AMENDING SECTIONS 61-8-340 AND 61-8-342, MCA."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
NEW SECTION. Section 1. Bus entering traffic -- requirements. (1) A person operating a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a bus entering traffic if:
(a) the bus has a yield sign displayed on the back of the bus, conforming to the requirements of subsection (2);
(b) the person operating the vehicle is overtaking the bus from the rear of the bus; and
(c) the bus, after stopping to load or unload passengers, is signaling an intention to enter the traffic lane occupied by the person operating the vehicle.
(2) A yield sign referred to in subsection (1)(a) must warn a person operating a vehicle that the person shall yield when the bus is entering traffic. The sign must be illuminated by a flashing light when the bus is signaling as provided in subsection (1)(c). The department may adopt rules specifying the size, shape, color, lettering, and illumination of the sign and requirements for the placement of the sign on the bus.
(3) This section does not relieve the driver of a bus from the duty to drive with regard for the safety of all persons using the roadway.
NEW SECTION. Section 2. Failure to yield to bus -- penalty. A person convicted of a violation of [section 1] shall be punished by a fine of not less than $5 or more than $100.
Section 3. Section 61-8-340, MCA, is amended to read:
"61-8-340. Vehicle turning left at intersection.
The Subject to [section 1], the driver of a vehicle within an
intersection intending to turn to the left shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction
which is within the intersection or so close thereto to the intersection as to constitute an immediate hazard , but said.
However, the driver, having so yielded and having given a signal when and as required by this chapter, may make such the
left turn, and the drivers of all other vehicles approaching the intersection from said the opposite direction shall yield the
right-of-way to the vehicle making the left turn. The provisions of this section shall are not be applicable where when it is
otherwise directed by appropriate signs or signals."
Section 4. Section 61-8-342, MCA, is amended to read:
"61-8-342. Vehicles approaching "Yield" sign. When the intersection is designated by the department of
transportation, or the local authority having jurisdiction, as a "Yield" intersection, the driver of a vehicle approaching the
"Yield" sign shall slow to a speed of not more than 15 miles
per an hour and yield right-of-way to all vehicles approaching
from the right or left on the intersecting roads or streets which that are so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. If a
driver is involved in a collision at an intersection or interferes with the movement of other vehicles after driving past a
"Yield" sign, such including a sign provided for in [section 1], the collision or interference shall be deemed is considered
evidence of the driver's failure to yield right-of-way."
NEW SECTION. Section 5. Codification instructions. (1) [Section 1] is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 61, chapter 8, part 3, and the provisions of Title 61, chapter 8, part 3, apply to [section 1].
(2) [Section 2] is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 61, chapter 8, part 7, and the provisions of Title 61, chapter 8, part 7, apply to [section 2].
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