AN ACT TO EXPAND THE PROHIBITION ON THE REMOVAL, DESTRUCTION, OR DRIVING THROUGH OF ROADWAY CONSTRUCTION BARRIERS TO INCLUDE DANGEROUS ROADWAY CONDITION CLOSURE BARRIERS. SL 2019-84. Enacted July 8, 2019. Effective December 1, 2019.
Summary date: Jul 8 2019 - View summary
Summary date: Feb 26 2019 - View summary
House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Amends GS 136-26 to make any person who willfully drives onto transportation infrastructure closed pursuant to the statute, or removes or destroys barriers or warning signs, lights, or lanterns posted or placed pursuant to the statute (was, posted), guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Adds new language to also specifically exempt from the statute personnel acting in the course of, and within the scope of, installation, restoration, or maintenance of utility service in coordination with the Department of Transportation. Amends the act's long title.
Summary date: Feb 13 2019 - View summary
Amends GS 136-26 to allow the Department of Transportation (DOT) to also prohibit traffic on transportation infrastructures under its jurisdiction it deems necessary to be excluded from public travel due to damage posing a danger to public safety (currently, more generally authorized to close any transportation infrastructure under its jurisdiction to permit proper completion of construction work). Expands the statute to make any person who willfully drives onto transportation infrastructure closed pursuant to the statute, or removes or destroys barriers or warning signs, lights or lanterns posted and placed pursuant to the statute (currently, warning signs not included), guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Adds new language specifically exempting from the statute law enforcement, first responders, emergency management, and DOT personnel acting in the course and scope of their official duties. Effective December 1, 2019, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.