Texas Transportation Code
Sec. § 544.0055
Traffic-control Signal Preemption Device; Offense


In this section, “traffic-control signal preemption device” means a device designed, intended, or used to interfere with or alter the operation of a traffic-control signal.


Except as provided by Subsection (e), a person commits an offense if the person uses, sells, offers for sale, purchases, or possesses for use or sale a traffic-control signal preemption device.


The possession of a traffic-control signal preemption device creates the presumption that the person possessed the device for use or sale.


An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.


This section does not apply to:


a person who provides fire-fighting, law enforcement, ambulance, medical, or other emergency services in the course of providing those services;


a manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer of traffic-control signal preemption devices in the course of manufacturing, selling, providing, or transporting a traffic-control signal preemption device to a person described by Subdivision (1); or


a transit vehicle operated by an authority under Chapter 451 (Metropolitan Rapid Transit Authorities) or 452 (Regional Transportation Authorities) or a transit department under Chapter 453 (Municipal Transit Departments).
Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 244 (H.B. 364), Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 2005.
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