The Missouri General Assembly recently enacted new legislation affecting motor vehicles and boats, which Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law. Most went into effect Aug. 28.

The Missouri General Assembly recently enacted new legislation affecting motor vehicles and boats, which Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law. Most went into effect Aug. 28.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol wants to make the public aware of several of the new laws or changes to increase public awareness and education:

HB 269 and SB 231 —fire extinguishers on watercraft. This bill requires every Class 2 vessel operating upon the waters of this state to carry two B1 type fire extinguishers, one B2 fire extinguisher or a fixed fire extinguishing system and one B1 type fire extinguisher. The previous requirement was to carry one B2 extinguisher or two B1 type fire extinguishers. (Section 306.100 RSMo)

HB 650 — auxiliary lighting on motorcycles. This bill allows white and amber auxiliary lighting on motorcycles. The lighting must be non-flashing, non-blinking, non-oscillating and directed toward the engine and drive train of the motorcycle to prevent interference with the rider’s operation of the motorcycle. Among other types of lighting mentioned, LED strips are included. (Section 307.128 RSMo)

HB 686 — motor vehicle registration. This bill, among other things, allows the purchaser of a junk vehicle to apply for a junking certificate, as well as the salvage certificate of title or certificate of ownership to the Department of Revenue. (Section 301.227 RSMo.)

SB 12 — agriculture weight limitations. This act adds livestock to the milk exemption for weight limits on highways, except interstate highways, for up to 85,500 pounds. This act also allows trucks hauling grain and grain co-products during harvest to exceed weight limits by up to 10 percent again, excluding interstates. (Section 304.180 RSMo)

SB 231 — recreational water use laws brochure. This act requires the Water Patrol Division of the highway patrol to develop a brochure regarding recreational water use laws and distribute it to recreational water equipment rental facilities and all county commissioners in the state. (Section 306.910 RSMo.)

SB 254 — motor vehicles license plate mounting. This act allows trailer and motorcycle license plates to be mounted horizontally or vertically. (Section 301.130 RSMo.)

Intoxication-related offenses. This act allows the Department of Revenue to extend the period a motorist is required to maintain the ignition interlock device on his or her vehicle by three months if the ignition interlock device detects an attempt to tamper with the device or detects an alcohol concentration above the set point within the last three months of the required installation period. The time must be extended until the motorist goes three months without any violations.

Under previous law, except for a first-time DWI offense, alcohol-related driving offenses require a certain period of suspension before an individual is eligible for limited or restricted driving privileges. This act expands the list of offenses that allows an individual to receive limited driving privileges provided that he or she has an ignition interlock device installed.

This act also removes the mandatory suspension period for alcohol-related offenses, but requires that an individual must have an ignition interlock device installed on his or her vehicle.

This act also removes the requirement that DWI courts cannot grant limited driving privileges to a participant for the first 45 days of participation. This act authorizes the court to order a defendant to submit to continuous alcohol monitoring or verifiable breath alcohol testing performed a minimum of four times per day in any DWI, driving with an excessive blood alcohol content, boating while intoxicated and boating with an excessive blood alcohol case. The provisions under this heading are effective Jan. 1, 2017. (Sections 302.010, 302.060, 302.525, 302.574, 577.010, 577.012, 577.013, and 577.014 RSMo)

SB 456 — certificate of ownership. A person is required to apply for a certificate of ownership within 30 days after receiving the title from the dealer to apply for a certificate of ownership. (Section 301.190 RSMo)