PERSON RIDING IN TRAILER OR SEMITRAILER DRAWN BY TRUCK, ROAD TRACTOR, OR TRUCK TRACTOR


PERSON RIDING IN TRAILER OR SEMITRAILER DRAWN BY TRUCK, ROAD TRACTOR, OR TRUCK TRACTOR. (a) A person may not operate a truck, road tractor, or truck tractor when another person occupies a trailer or semitrailer being drawn by the truck, road tractor, or truck tractor.

(b)  It is a defense to prosecution under this section that:

(1)  the person was operating or towing the vehicle:

(A)  in a parade or in an emergency;

(B)  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; or

(C)  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;

(2)  the person operating or towing the vehicle did not know that another person occupied the trailer or semitrailer; or

(3)  the person occupying the trailer or semitrailer was in a part of the trailer or semitrailer designed for human habitation.

(c)  An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor.