11 New Traffic, Criminal Laws Hit the Books Sunday: Using Phones for Good and Bad, Salvia and Rendering Aid
Commercial vehicles can now be stopped by DPS in big counties.
Apparently, DPS officers in counties with fewer than 2.2 million people weren't allowed to enforce federal commercial motor vehicle regulations. Weird. HB 2304 lowers that number to 1 million which would include Bexar, Tarrant and Travis counties. So, don't think you get a free ride in the hill country any more.
Better have two plates.
Why would anyone drive around with only one license plate? Is it to make the car look cool? Is it to avoid cops getting a peak at your plate thus avoiding a lengthy prison stay after they find all that weed in the stolen car you're driving? Whatever the case, better get another plate because now they can stop you for that too.
Be a Good Samaritan.
Both HB 3668 and SB 275 amend existing laws to require those involved in accidents to render aid to victims. This is a common sense law that frankly saves lives. Running from the scene of an accident, particularly one where there are injured people, is stupid. Just don't.
Bomb threats at colleges...not ok.
Now, we come to the more criminal of the new laws. In this case, calling in a bomb threat to a college or university has been increased from a misdemeanor to a felony that can result in jail time. It's real funny when all your buddies are snickering in the background, but then you go to prison and you get stuck with a filed down toothbrush. See, not so fun.
Salvia is bad, dude.
HB 124 adds Salvia divinorum to the list of controlled substances unless it is not harvested and growing in its natural state. But isn't all of Mother Nature's plant life growing in a natural state, man? Not in Texas, son.
You can't avoid the sex offender list.
There are arguments to be made about who should be forced to register for the sex offender list, why and for how long, but one this is certain: if you try to fake your way off the list, you are going to get busted. Now, if you use a fake ID to avoid the list, you can be punished by the next highest degree felony charge.