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(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.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Texas Transportation Code - TRANSP § 545.414. Riding in Open Beds; Offense - last updated April 14, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/tx/transportation-code/transp-sect-545-414.html
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