Summary of 2017 Legislative Activity

Summary of 2017 Legislative Session Activity

 Alaska SB-14 – Personal insurance policy restrictions for drivers of transportation network companies.
 Arizona SB 1080 – Prohibition of use of a communication device by a teenage driver.

SB 1049 – Prohibits messaging while driving.

SB 1087 – Prohibition of use of a communication device while driving

SB 1088 – Operating a vehicle that causes injury of death while using a wireless communication device added to list of guilty violations.

HB 2305 – Requires all persons in a vehicle to produce proof of identity.

SB 1051 – Prohibits solicitors from approaching within 10 feet of a vehicle waiting at a traffic control device.


California SB 1 – Increase the state gas tax by 12 cents, increase in the vehicle license fees, adding an annual fee for zero emission vehicles.

AB 332 – Authorize a local agency to temporarily close a highway under its jurisdiction to curb a serious nuisance, including illegal dumping.

AB 390 – Allows pedestrians to cross when facing a countdown timer if there is reasonable time to cross rather than only during the “walk” indication.

AB 63 – Extend provisional licensing requirements to 21 years old. (vetoed by Governor)



Colorado SB 43 – Eliminating the medical requirement to drive for a transportation network company.


SB 59 – Exempts motorists using a roundabout from needing to signal.

SB 93 – Allows a bike rider to proceed through a stop sign without stopping under certain conditions.

Hawaii   SB 18 – Lowers the driving under the influence BAC level to 0.05.

SB 129 – Clarifies when a pedestrian is crossing the roadway within a crosswalk for pedestrians’ right-of-way.

SB 179 – Requires drivers and passengers of motorcycles, motor scooters, and mopeds under the age of 25 to wear a helmet.

SB 217 – Requires the state DOT to implement a Vision Zero program by July 2018.

SB 221 – Allows for automated photo red light enforcement.

SB 328 – Requires 3-foot separation when passing a bicyclist.

Idaho SB 33 – Exempting traffic signs, traffic signals, and street lighting from meeting building code standards.
Montana HB 149 – Revise laws related to license plate scanning. HB 174 – Requiring headlights be on on two-lane highways.

HB 267 – Provide a reasonable distance when passing a bicycle (3-ft or 5-ft depending on speed).

New Mexico SB 76 – Requires traffic to move over or slow down for stationary vehicle that are displaying flashing emergency or hazard lights.
Oregon HB 2017 – 10-year, $5.3 billion transportation funding bill.


SB 125 – Requires the use of headlights when windshield wipers are on.

SB 532 – Sets new rules for driving in the left lane.

SB 475 – Permits school bus driver to operate video recording device for purpose of recording persons who fail to stop for bus safety lights. Permits law enforcement agency to issue citation for failure to stop for bus safety lights based on report submitted by school bus driver that includes recording of violation.

SB 556 – Prohibits driving with a dog in the drivers lap.

HB 2409 – Allows cities to issue speeding violations from red light cameras.

HB 2440 – Directs state DOT to remove HOV lanes on Interstate 5 in Portland.

HB 2489 – Increases the speed limit on State Highway 97 for certain vehicles.

HB 2665 – Allows mopeds and motorcycles to drive along the shoulder in congestion.

HB 2682 – Cities and counties acting as road authority have the ability to establish legally binding speeds on their roads taking ODOT out of the involvement in the decision making process on city and county roads.

Utah HB 161 – Refining laws related to pedestrians impeding traffic: Mainly related to pedestrians soliciting and receiving money.
Washington HB 1149 – Allows an exemption from a three foot maximum extension on the front of a vehicle for transit busses with front mounted bike racks.
Wyoming HB 80 – Requirements for transportation network companies. HB 64 – Provisions for moving over or slowing when passing a vehicle with flashing lights.