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Old 05-11-2006, 10:00 PM
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Texas Laws (riding in truckbed)

What is the law regarding riding in the open bed of a truck? I have heard 18 but my friend said you can ride if you have your license. I just told him you wont get a free ride unless I find out what the law is. I don't want a ticket. Especially during school going out for lunch.
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Old 05-11-2006, 10:15 PM
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No one under 18 can ride in an open bed. Its a class c misdemeanor. They do have some defense from prosecution expections like riding on a beach and others. But like we say you might beat the rap but you can't beat the ride. lol
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Old 05-11-2006, 10:19 PM
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545.414. RIDING IN OPEN BEDS; OFFENSE. (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.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended
by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 79, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.
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Old 05-12-2006, 03:39 PM
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wow good info
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Old 05-12-2006, 09:43 PM
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thanks guys.
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