Disregard Traffic Control Device Laws
Ran Red Light and Stop Signs
If you receive a traffic citation for disregarding a
traffic control device, running a red light or running a stop sign do not hesitate in calling the Law Offices of Martin J.
Rubin for assistance. We understand these statutes and will use our best efforts in representing you in Court.
Sec. 544.007. TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNALS IN GENERAL.
(a) A traffic-control
signal displaying different colored lights or colored lighted arrows successively or in combination may display only green,
yellow, or red and applies to operators of vehicles as provided by this section.
(b) An operator of
a vehicle facing a circular green signal may proceed straight or turn right or left unless a sign prohibits the turn.
The operator shall yield the right-of-way to other vehicles and to pedestrians lawfully in the intersection or an adjacent
crosswalk when the signal is exhibited.
(c) An operator of a vehicle facing a green arrow signal, displayed
alone or with another signal, may cautiously enter the intersection to move in the direction permitted by the arrow or other
indication shown simultaneously. The operator shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian lawfully in an adjacent crosswalk
and other traffic lawfully using the intersection.
(d) An operator of a vehicle facing only a steady
red signal shall stop at a clearly marked stop line. In the absence of a stop line, the operator shall stop before entering
the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. A vehicle that is not turning shall remain standing until an indication
to proceed is shown. After stopping, standing until the intersection may be entered safely, and yielding right-of-way
to pedestrians lawfully in an adjacent crosswalk and other traffic lawfully using the intersection, the operator may:
(1) turn right; or
(2) turn left, if the intersecting
streets are both one-way streets and a left turn is permissible.
(e) An operator of a vehicle facing a steady
yellow signal is warned by that signal that:
(1) movement authorized by a green
signal is being terminated; or
(2) a red signal is to be given.
Texas Transportation Commission, a municipal authority, or the commissioners court of a county may prohibit within the entity's
jurisdiction a turn by an operator of a vehicle facing a steady red signal by posting notice at the intersection that the
turn is prohibited.
(g) This section applies to an official traffic-control signal placed and maintained
at a place other than an intersection, except for a provision that by its nature cannot apply. A required stop shall
be made at a sign or marking on the pavement indicating where the stop shall be made. In the absence of such a sign or marking,
the stop shall be made at the signal.
(h) The obligations imposed by this section apply to an operator
of a streetcar in the same manner they apply to the operator of a vehicle.
(i) An operator of
a vehicle facing a traffic-control signal that does not display an indication in any of the signal heads shall stop as provided
by Section 544.010 as if the intersection had a stop sign.
Sec. 544.0075. CERTAIN
TRAFFIC-ACTUATED ELECTRIC TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNALS.
(a) This section applies only to a traffic-actuated
electric traffic-control signal that consists of a traffic-control signal for which the intervals vary according to the demands
of vehicular traffic as registered by a detector and that is installed and operating at an intersection.
addition to any other type of vehicle the presence of which the detector for the traffic-actuated electric traffic-control
signal may register, the detector for a traffic-actuated electric traffic-control device to which this section applies must
be capable of registering the presence of a motorcycle.
Sec. 544.008. FLASHING
(a) The operator of a vehicle facing a flashing red signal shall stop at
a clearly marked stop line. In the absence of a stop line, the operator shall stop before entering the crosswalk on
the near side of the intersection. In the absence of a crosswalk, the operator shall stop at the place nearest the intersecting
roadway where the operator has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway. The right to proceed is subject
to the rules applicable after stopping at a stop sign.
(b) The operator of a vehicle
facing a flashing yellow signal may proceed through an intersection or past the signal only with caution.
section does not apply at a railroad crossing.
Sec. 544.009. LANE-DIRECTION-CONTROL
If a lane-direction-control signal is placed over an individual
lane of a highway, a vehicle may travel in a lane over which a green signal is shown but may not enter or travel in a lane
over which a red signal is shown.
Sec. 544.010. STOP SIGNS AND YIELD SIGNS.
(a) Unless directed to proceed by a police officer or traffic-control signal, the operator
of a vehicle or streetcar approaching an intersection with a stop sign shall stop as provided by Subsection (c).
(b) If safety requires, the operator of a vehicle approaching a yield sign shall stop as provided by Subsection
(c) An operator required to stop by this section shall stop before entering the crosswalk
on the near side of the intersection. In the absence of a crosswalk, the operator shall stop at a clearly marked stop
line. In the absence of a stop line, the operator shall stop at the place nearest the intersecting roadway where the
operator has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway.