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Old 04-10-2007, 01:39 PM   #1
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texas driving laws

I've looked around and I'm not sure where I should be posting, but my question is: Where can you find driving laws that pertain only to class a motor homes in Texas? Are there laws concerning the number of people you can carry? Who must be in seat belts? Is it illegal to stand up when the vehicle is moving? Does the open container law pertain to rv's? I'm new to this, so any information will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-10-2007, 02:04 PM   #2
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This is as close as I've been able to get

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/directo...m#Seat%20Belts

As far as occupant restraint goes, it doesn't seem to make an exception in the case of Class A motorhomes, or C or B. It still only requires that the front seat occupants be restrained, unless the occupants are children, and they need to be restrained provided the seat they occupy has a restraint apparatus. Otherwise there is no more requirement for an RV in the state of Texas than there is for a passenger car.

Were it my motorhome, and I had enough available seats with belts for my passengers, I'd request that they used them while seated.

Hope this helps.
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Texas Department of Public Safety - Courtesy, Service, Protection lacks any specific operator requirements for mohos. What the law demands and how you could be liable are two different things. We could imagine dealers would lobby against licensing barriers to the purchase of RVs. I did look at the driver handbooks for Driver License and Commercial Driver License -- motorhome is not mentioned in either.

The federal government has done a lot to enforce conformity in laws across the country; eg, the 0.08% blood alcohol change. You'd better believe open bottle laws apply in full to RVs. They enforce them for boating in most places as far as I know. This may be an incorrect impression or ancient history at best, but I almost recall growing up in the Bryan area that open bottle was okay in the 1960s -- just not DUI. Okay, stop laughing now... [on edit: I found a reference to this in a blog -- just somebody's say-so. But it seems to confirm the impression. Driver could actually be consuming -- just not DWI.]

Anybody closer to current Texas law on these questions?
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Old 04-10-2007, 02:43 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. And I hear you about what it was "back in the day". I did find some reference to open container law not applying to trunks and the "area behind the last passenger seat" when a vehicle doesn't have a trunk. Not sure to where all that actually boils down. My main reason for seeking information is that my 17 year old son wants to take the "silver bullet" for JR/SR prom. I will be driving and there will be no alcohol, but I wondered about occupancy limits and standing while in motion.
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The government is just not sure how to approach this one. The laws of most states were originaly written to exclude any open container but that was unrealistic when it came to limos, commerical buses, and motorhomes with a liquor cabinets. While the law can be inforced as originaly written most have taken a stance of as long as it is not available to the driver. Now what is available.

Just as when you pull into any state park the rules clearly say No Alcohol, but 90% of us carry some form of alcohol. I have had more than one ranges ask me to cover my beer bottle while at the dinner table and been to wine and cheese parties in other state parks.

I would surely make sure the liquor cabinet was empty for the prom though. Because you know full well someone on that MH will be drinking you just want to make sure it can't be put on you.
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Law in the Republic of Texas

It has been my experience that none of the laws enacted in the rest of the civilized world apply in the Republic of Texas.

Just kidding... all you Texans... don't get upset!

My suggestion would be to call a local traffic officer and find out what you can and can't do.

Here's a link to one of the more comprehensive sites that lists links to Texas law.

Good luck!

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And maybe we Texans like it that way!?
You guys have given me some good places to search - thanks!
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Good suggestions, Roger. I don't know if the seated vs. standing compares to the statutory requirement of a PFD for every boat occupant -- seems more in the realm of risk management. Good family friends' daughters participated in cotillion in south Texas. The theme one year was George Washington and the young women with their hoop skirts had to be transported standing in the back of U-Haul trucks.
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Old 04-10-2007, 04:47 PM   #9
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Howie, I agree with your thinking. It does seem to have gray areas and, ultimately, it would depend on the officer or ranger. This is my 3rd (and last) time around with teenagers so you can bet there won't be any alcohol on board. Well, at least not any still in a container.
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