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Bill Detail: SB24-195

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Title Protect Vulnerable Road Users
Status Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy (04/02/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • State Government
  • Transportation & Motor Vehicles
House Sponsors M. Lindsay (D)
W. Lindstedt (D)
Senate Sponsors F. Winter (D)
L. Cutter (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 04/02/2024
Summary

Section 1 of the bill amends the statute that governs the use of
automated vehicle identification systems (AVIS) on roadways other than
toll highways operated by a public highway authority or the
high-performance transportation enterprise in the department of
transportation (CDOT) to:
  • Clarify that CDOT and the Colorado state patrol (CSP)
have authority to use AVIS to detect traffic violations on
any portion of a highway that is part of the state highway
system (state highway), which generally includes federal
interstate highways, U.S. highways, highways that are not
part of any federal system but are declared by the
transportation commission to be part of the state highway
system, and other federal-aid highways;
  • Clarify that the state has final authority to authorize the use
of AVIS by a local government on a state highway; and
  • Authorize CDOT, in consultation with the CSP, to
promulgate rules, including rules governing the process by
which use of AVIS is approved or disapproved, rules
governing the AVIS enforcement process, and rules setting
the amount of civil penalties, including increased civil
penalties for traffic violations detected by AVIS that occur
in work zones or school zones, for traffic violation detected
by AVIS used by the state.
Section 1 also:
  • Requires a local government to coordinate with CDOT and
the Colorado state patrol both before designating an AVIS
corridor on a state highway and before actually using AVIS
on a state highway rather than only before actually using
AVIS; and
  • Requires civil penalties collected by the state for traffic
violations detected by AVIS, net of court and operations
costs, to be credited to the state highway fund and used
only to fund road safety projects that protect vulnerable
road users.
Section 2 requires CDOT to establish and include in its statutorily
required performance plan declining annual targets for vulnerable road
user fatalities and, as part of the targets, also establish engineering
methodology and internal education requirements for practices to
prioritize safety over speed on high-injury networks.
For state fiscal year 2025-26 and each succeeding state fiscal year,
section 3 requires CDOT, after accounting for eligible critical
safety-related asset management surface transportation infrastructure
projects and as determined by the transportation commission, to expend
a specified minimum amount of the money credited to the state highway
fund from the road safety surcharge and certain other fees, fines, and
surcharges that are imposed on motor vehicle registrations and dedicated
for certain types of road safety projects that protect vulnerable road users.
To guide CDOT in implementing sections 2 and 3, section 4
amends an existing definition of road safety project to include certain
types of projects that protect vulnerable road users and defines the term
vulnerable road user.
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