WSR 01-19-055

PROPOSED RULES

TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMISSION


[ Filed September 17, 2001, 10:49 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 01-16-027.

Title of Rule: Pedestrian bicycle safety equipment rules, new section WAC 467-03-010, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission has filed an emergency rule regarding pedestrian and bicycle safety equipment rules, and would like your input.

Purpose: To authorize pedestrian and bicycle safety equipment to improve safety of pedestrian and bicycle riders at crosswalks and in school and playground zones. Why is the Washington Traffic Safety Commission considering this new rule? The purpose of this rule is to encompass the use of high visibility protective vest, traffic control flags, warning signs and other equipment to increase the visibility of persons assisting pedestrians and bicycles at crosswalks, including school zones and play grounds.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 34.59.070, 43.59.150.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting and Implementation: Lynn Drake, Washington Traffic Safety Commission, 1000 South Cherry Street, Olympia, WA 98504-0944, (360) 753-6197.

Name of Proponent: Washington Traffic Safety Commission, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: New identified equipment is currently in use and authority to use it is not clear. The use of this equipment is essential to protect users. The high visible material used in the construction of current equipment was not available when other related WACs were implemented.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: [No information supplied by agency.]

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption.

Hearing Location: Washington Traffic Safety Commission, 1000 South Cherry, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 753-6197, fax (360) 5865-3484 [586-3484], e-mail ldrake@wtsc.wa.gov, on October 23, 2001, at 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Drake at (360) 586-3484 or by e-mail at ldrake@wtsc.wa.gov.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Michelle Nicholls by October 19, 2001.

Submit Written Comments to: Lynn Drake, Washington Traffic Safety Commission, P.O. Box 40944, Olympia, WA 98504-0944, fax (360) 753-6197, by October 19, 2001.

Date of Intended Adoption: October 26, 2001.

October 14, 2001

John M. Moffat

Director

OTS-5019.1

Chapter 467-03 WAC

PEDESTRIAN BICYCLE SAFETY EQUIPMENT RULES


NEW SECTION
WAC 467-03-010   Pedestrian bicycle safety equipment rules.   The director will cause to be designed a high-visibility protective vest, traffic control flag, warning signs and other equipment to increase the visibility of persons assisting pedestrians and bicycles at crosswalks, including school and playground zones. This equipment will be of strong yellow-green florescent color or other highly visible materials and have retro-reflective stripes. Samples are to be made available for viewing at the Washington traffic safety commission office in Olympia, WA.

The director may furnish this equipment to schools and other users through grants from the school zone safety account as provided by RCW 46.61.440(3).

The use of uniforms and equipment designated for use by school patrols, pursuant to WAC 392-151-090 (Standard uniforms) and WAC 392-151-095 (Equipment), by persons assisting pedestrians and bicyclists in school and playground zones, will also be deemed in compliance with this rule.

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Reviser's note: The spelling error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office