AUSTIN, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Governor Greg Abbott has signed off on a bill that will hold drivers and companies accountable for bridge strikes.
House Bill 799, authored by Rep. Brooks Landgraf, was officially signed by the Governor on Friday, just before the end of the legislative session.
“I’m grateful to my colleagues for supporting what is clearly a common sense measure that will hold vehicle owners strictly liable for the cost of the repairs so that taxpayers aren’t stuck footing the bill,“ Landgraf said in a statement when the bill passed in the Senate.
The Permian Basin has seen an increasing number of bridge strikes in the past few years.
In fact, the Texas Department of Transportation says in 2018, there were at least 82 across the state.
The bill will take effect Sept. 1, 2019.