1998 Regular Session
By: Representative Walker
House Bill 144
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 63-3-509, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO CLARIFY THE TYPES OF HIGHWAYS UPON WHICH MOTOR VEHICLES ARE REQUIRED TO TRAVEL AT A MINIMUM SPEED OF FORTY MILES PER HOUR; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 63-3-509, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
63-3-509. (1) No motor vehicle shall be driven at a speed less than thirty (30) miles per hour on federal designated highways where no hazard exists. An exception to this requirement shall be recognized when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation, or when a vehicle or combination of vehicles is necessarily, or in compliance with law or police direction, proceeding at a reduced speed.
Police officers are hereby authorized to enforce this provision by directions to drivers. In the event of apparent wilful disobedience to this provision and refusal to comply with the direction of an officer in accordance herewith the continued slow operation by a driver shall be a misdemeanor.
(2) In the event a speed limit of seventy (70) miles per hour is established on any portion of the Interstate Highway System or on controlled access highways with four (4) or more lanes as is provided in Section 63-3-501, a minimum speed of forty (40) miles per hour shall be established for those vehicles having a maximum speed restriction of seventy (70) miles per hour. Notice of the minimum speed shall be posted on such roads.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1998.