Texas Transportation Code
Sec. § 545.411
Use of Rest Area: Offense


(a)

A person commits an offense if the person remains at a rest area for longer than 24 hours or erects a tent, shelter, booth, or structure at the rest area and the person:

(1)

has notice while conducting the activity that the activity is prohibited; or

(2)

receives notice that the activity is prohibited but does not depart or remove the structure within eight hours after receiving notice.

(b)

For purposes of this section, a person:

(1)

has notice if a sign stating the prohibited activity and penalty is posted on the premises; or

(2)

receives notice if a peace officer orally communicates to the person the prohibited activity and penalty for the offense.

(c)

It is an exception to Subsection (a) if a nonprofit organization erects a temporary structure at a rest area to provide food services, food, or beverages to travelers and the Texas Department of Transportation:

(1)

finds that the services would constitute a public service for the benefit of the traveling public; and

(2)

issues a permit to the organization.

(d)

In this section, “rest area” means public real property designated as a rest area, comfort station, picnic area, roadside park, or scenic overlook by the Texas Department of Transportation.
Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
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