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21-5817. Tampering with a traffic signal; aggravated tampering with a traffic signal. (a) Tampering with a traffic signal is knowingly manipulating, altering, destroying or removing any light, sign, marker, railroad switching device or other signal device erected or installed for the purpose of controlling or directing the movement of motor vehicles, railroad trains, aircraft or watercraft.

(b) Aggravated tampering with a traffic signal is tampering with a traffic signal as defined in subsection (a) which creates an unreasonable risk of an accident causing the death or great bodily injury of any person.

(c) (1) Tampering with a traffic signal is a class C misdemeanor.

(2) Aggravated tampering with a traffic signal is a severity level 7, nonperson felony.

(d) It shall not be necessary that an accident occurs for a person to be charged and convicted pursuant to subsection (b).

(e) A person who violates the provisions of this section may also be prosecuted for, convicted of, and punished for violating K.S.A. 2020 Supp. 21-5801 or 21-5802, and amendments thereto.

History: L. 2010, ch. 136, ยง 103; July 1, 2011.

Source or Prior Law:

21-3725, 21-3726.


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