Monday, February 7, 2011

Reference Tidbits
Jessica Alexander, J.D., M.L.S. Reference Librarian

Sexy Title, Pedestrian Concerns - Texas Transportation Code "Rules of the Road."

The Texas "Rules of the Road" are located in Tex. Transp. Code Ann. Sections 541-600 (West 1999 & Supp. 2010). Not only do these rules cover the operation of motor vehicles but also rules for the safety of pedestrians. They give certain rights of access to pedestrians but also restrict their movement upon and adjacent to a roadway. Most case law interpretations concern motor vehicle accidents or incidents where a pedestrian violates a law and then is arrested for a more serious criminal offense. Consult the case blurbs in the annotated code.
For procedural issues concerning traffic tickets a good starting place is the Texas Criminal Practice Guide Volume 1, Chapter 3. Proceedings in Inferior Courts. The Criminal Practice Guide is also online for in-house patrons, and available off campus for students and faculty, via Stanley. Check with a reference librarian for further information.