Riding in Bed of Pickup Law
Friday, October 8th, 2004
  § 545.414.  RIDING IN OPEN BEDS;  OFFENSE.  (a)  A person commits an offense if the person operates an open-bed pickup truck or an open flatbed truck or draws an open flatbed trailer when a child younger than 18 years of age is occupying the bed of the truck or trailer.   (b)  An offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $25 or more than $200.   (c)  It is a defense to prosecution under this section that the person was:  (1)  operating or towing the vehicle in a parade or in an emergency;   (2)  operating the vehicle to transport farmworkers from one field to another field on a farm-to-market road, ranch-to-market road, or county road outside a municipality; (3)  operating the vehicle on a beach;   (4)  operating a vehicle that is the only vehicle owned or operated by the members of a household;  or (5)  operating the vehicle in a hayride permitted by the governing body of or a law enforcement agency of each county or municipality in which the hayride will occur.   (d)  Compliance or noncompliance with Subsection (a) is not admissible evidence in a civil trial.   (e)  In this section, "household" has the meaning assigned by Section 71.005, Family Code.   Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 79, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.  

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