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Introduced Version House Bill 2032 History

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H. B. 2032

(By Delegate Blair)

[Introduced February 9, 2005; referred to the

Committee on Finance then Transportation.]


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A BILL to amend and reenact §17C-3-7 of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to requiring the Division of Highways to implement a pilot project in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties involving the installation of flashing traffic signals between the hours of eleven o'clock p.m. and six o'clock a.m. at certain intersections in those counties; and, to maintain and report to the Legislature statistics on accidents occurring at those intersections.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That §17C-3-7 of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:

ARTICLE 3. TRAFFIC SIGNS, SIGNALS AND MARKINGS.

§17C-3-7. Flashing signals.

(a) Whenever an illuminated flashing red or yellow signal is used in a traffic sign or signal it shall require obedience by vehicular traffic as follows:
(1) Flashing red (stop signal). -- When a red lens is illuminated with rapid intermittent flashes, drivers of vehicles shall stop before entering the nearest crosswalk at an intersection or at a limit line when marked, or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and the right to proceed shall be subject to the rules applicable after making a stop at a stop sign.
(2) Flashing yellow (caution signal). -- When a yellow lens is illuminated with rapid intermittent flashes, drivers of vehicles may proceed through the intersection or past such signal only with caution.
(b) Effective the first day of July, two thousand five, the Division of Highways
shall begin a four-year pilot project in the counties of Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan. The pilot project shall include:
(1) The installation of flashing traffic control signals at intersections of all state highways and highways under the jurisdiction of local authorities as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection;
(2) A requirement that flashing yellow signals apply to the primary road on which the speed limit is posted at thirty-five miles per hour or less (or road with the highest traffic count on which the speed limit is posted at thirty-five miles per hour or less) and flashing red signals apply to the secondary road (or road with the lower traffic count).
(3) Operation between the hours of eleven o'clock post meridian and six o'clock ante meridian.
The pilot project shall not include intersections of primary roads where the posted speed limit is more than thirty-five miles an hour.
For the purposes of the pilot project, flashing traffic control signals provided in subsection (b) of this section may not be installed at intersections where the installation would impede the flow of traffic or would create a hazard or unsafe condition or where the signal controllers cannot be reprogrammed to accommodate a time conditioned flashing operation.
(c) The Division of Highways
shall collect, maintain and report to the Legislature, by the first day of December of each year of the pilot project beginning in two thousand five, all accidents occurring at intersections where the flashing lights have been installed under the provisions of the pilot project during the times the flashing lights are operational. At the end of the pilot project, the Division of Highways shall provide the Legislature with a report of its findings, conclusions and recommendations.


NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require the Division of Highways
to implement a pilot project in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties to install flashing traffic signals between the hours of eleven o'clock p.m. and six o'clock a.m. at certain intersections in those counties and to maintain and report to the Legislature statistics on accidents occurring at those intersections.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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