HB 2194: Offense of Leaving a Motor Vehicle Unattended

This blog is part of our 60 Laws in 60 Minutes update to the SHSU community.

During the 84th session of the Texas Legislature, House bill 2194 was passed. This bill relates to the offense of leaving a motor vehicles unattended. The bill went into effect on September 1, 2015.

HB 2194 amends Section 545.404 of the Transportation Code. Technological advances now allow for someone to remote start their vehicle and they would be ticketed by law enforcement as a result.f277f6ee79386a670bb412c3eb59ae42b59d7eaf

Under the bill an operator may not leave a vehicle unattended without:

  1. Stopping the engine,
  2. Locking the ignition,
  3. Removing the key from the ignition,
  4. Setting the parking brake effectively; and
  5. If standing on a grade, turning the front wheel to the curb or side of the highway.

The law does not apply to an operator who starts the engine of a vehicle by using a remote starter or other similar device that:

(1) Remotely starts the vehicle’s engine without placing the key in the ignition; and

(2) Requires the key to be placed in the ignition or physically present in the vehicle before the vehicle can be operated.

Failure to adhere to the law is a Class C misdemeanor with a fine up to 500$ with no jail time .

For more information or to set up an appointment with our attorney, feel free to contact us at (936) 436-3165 or by email at slms@shsu.edu or stop by our office in the LSC room 330.

Links:

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2194 Link to Bill

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Home.aspx TLO website

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