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21-6324. Unlawful possession or use of a traffic control signal preemption device. (a) Unlawful possession or use of a traffic control signal preemption device is knowingly:

(1) Possessing a traffic control signal preemption device;

(2) using a traffic control signal preemption device;

(3) selling a traffic control signal preemption device; or

(4) purchasing a traffic control signal preemption device.

(b) Unlawful possession or use of a traffic control signal preemption device as defined in:

(1) Subsection (a)(1) is a class B misdemeanor;

(2) subsection (a)(2):

(A) Is a severity level 9, nonperson felony, except as provided in subsection (b)(2)(B) or (b)(2)(C);

(B) which results in a traffic accident causing injury to any person or damage to any vehicle or other property is a severity level 7, person felony; and

(C) which results in a traffic accident causing the death of any person is a severity level 5, person felony.

(3) Subsection (a)(3) or (a)(4) is a severity level 9, nonperson felony.

(c) The provisions of this section shall not apply to the operator, passenger or owner of any of the following authorized emergency vehicles, in the course of such person's emergency duties:

(1) Publicly owned fire department vehicles;

(2) publicly owned police vehicles; or

(3) motor vehicles operated by ambulance services permitted by the emergency medical services board under the provisions of K.S.A. 65-6101 et seq., and amendments thereto.

(d) As used in this section, "traffic control signal preemption device" means any device, instrument or mechanism designed, intended or used to interfere with the operation or cycle of a traffic-control signal, as defined in K.S.A. 8-1478, and amendments thereto.

(e) A person who violates the provisions of this section may also be prosecuted for, convicted of, and punished for battery or any homicide.

History: L. 2010, ch. 136, § 209; L. 2011, ch. 30, § 56; July 1.


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