House Bill 1252, a bill that I sponsored, changes the requirements for the operation of horse drawn vehicles on state highways. The bill gives owners and operators two alternatives to be in compliance with state law.

   The first alternative is to: (1) Equip the horse drawn carriage with one red, battery-operated light-emitting diode (LED) flashing light; and (2) Be equipped with two reflective type lanterns, and reflector tape, in particular locations and surface area.

   The second alternative for compliance is that the horse drawn vehicle must have: (1) A minimum of 100 square inches of reflector tape placed on the rear of the vehicle, 36 inches of reflector tape placed on each side of the vehicle, and 24 inches of reflector tape placed at the highest point of the left front of the vehicle; (2) Has 6 inches of reflector piping tape placed on two locations on the rear, left wheel of the vehicle; and (3) Is equipped with two reflective type lanterns, one to be placed on the left side of the vehicle and one to be placed on the right side of the vehicle with the lantern on the right side to be placed at least 12 inches higher than the lantern on the left. Each lantern must be equipped with a red reflective type lens that is at least 3 inches by 3 inches.

   HB 1252 specifies that the visibility requirements for operating a horse-drawn vehicle on a highway only applies from one-half hour before sunset until one-half hour after sunrise and at all other times when there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible any person on the road or highway at a distance of 200 feet ahead of the vehicle.

   A special thanks to Senator Joey Hensley for sponsoring the bill in the senate, and to Rep. Clay Doggett for working with me and the leaders of the Amish communities. Hopefully, this legislation will help prevent accidents and save lives.

   HB 1252, now Public Law 477, takes effect January 1, 2020. As always, I am truly humbled and honored to be your voice in Nashville. If there is ever any issue I can assist you with, please contact my office by calling 615-741-2190 or emailing me at: rep.david.byrd@capitol.tn.gov. I look forward to hearing your thoughts, ideas, concerns, and suggestions as we continue to protect Tennessee’s conservative values throughout the remainder of the 111th General Assembly.

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