§ 189.010 Definitions for chapter
§ 189.011 Additional definitions — Application of light regulations
§ 189.020 Equipment of vehicle not to be nuisance or menace
§ 189.030 Time when lights must be on
§ 189.040 Front lights — Flashing lights
§ 189.043 Flashing white or amber lights to warn of traffic hazard permitted
§ 189.045 Flashing lights prohibited near highway
§ 189.050 Rear, side, and clearance lights and lanterns
§ 189.055 Brake lights
§ 189.060 Lights on vehicles in tow and projections — Motor vehicle used as towing unit
§ 189.070 Motor vehicles to carry and use required flares or similar signals
§ 189.080 Horns and other sound devices
§ 189.090 Brakes
§ 189.095 Brake linings, sale when not of approved type prohibited
§ 189.100 Steering device not to be defective
§ 189.110 Unobstructed windshields — Display of American flag — Windshield wipers
§ 189.120 Safety glass required in motor vehicles
§ 189.125 Requirements of use of seat belts, child restraint systems, and child booster seats – Exceptions.
§ 189.126 Roadblocks for sole purpose of checking for seat belt violations prohibited
§ 189.130 Mirrors
§ 189.140 Mufflers — Noise regulation
§ 189.150 Escaping contents — Shifting or spilling loads
§ 189.160 Vehicles transporting explosives to be marked — Fire extinguishers
§ 189.190 Chains and lugs on wheels — Thickness of solid rubber tires
§ 189.200 Maximum weight on iron and solid tires
§ 189.205 Regrooved or recut tires prohibited — Exceptions
§ 189.210 Maximum weight permitted on highway
§ 189.212 Authority of fiscal court to issue special permits for certain haulers
§ 189.214 Recreational vehicles — Access to public highways — Definitions
§ 189.221 Basic height, width, length, and weight limits for trucks, trailers, manufactured homes, or vehicles — Exception
§ 189.222 Increased height, length, and weight limits on designated highways — Exceptions — Cabinet may promulgate administrative regulations to implement 23 C.F.R. Part 658 — Restriction of cabinet’s enforcement powers on locally maintained roads
§ 189.2224 Authority to join interstate compact for overdimensional permits
§ 189.2225 Operation of certain overdimensional motor vehicles authorized in some counties — Operation of certain overdimensional motor vehicles transporting agricultural commodities or materials authorized on all public roads
§ 189.2226 Definitions — Vehicles hauling building materials
§ 189.223 Measuring or weighing of vehicle by peace officer — Unloading of excess weight
§ 189.224 Permitting unlawful operation of a motor vehicle prohibited
§ 189.226 Violations of KRS 189.221 to 189.228, what constitutes
§ 189.227 Enforcement of KRS 189.221 to 189.228 and other statutes relating to motor vehicles — Department of Kentucky State Police powers — Commercial motor vehicle inspectors
§ 189.228 Evidence of ownership — Each violation constitutes separate offense
§ 189.230 Reduction of load and speed limits — Fiscal court to require cooperative agreement of persons applying for permit under KRS 189.212
§ 189.2301 Axle weight exemption for vehicles on state-maintained AAA highways
§ 189.231 State maintained highways — Restriction and regulation of traffic
§ 189.2325 Posting of signs advising motorists of increased traffic penalties in state highway work zones
§ 189.2327 Doubling of fines in highway work zone — Highway work zone safety fund
§ 189.2329 Prohibited conduct with respect to temporary traffic control devices in highway work zones — Penalty — Disposition of restitution payments
§ 189.233 Regulation of traffic on state highways
§ 189.260 Display of plates by commercial vehicles — Registration to be kept in truck
§ 189.265 Motor buses — Height, length and weight limits on designated highways
§ 189.269 Prohibition on new overweight or overdimensional permits — Exception
§ 189.270 Special permits to exceed limits
§ 189.271 Special permits for hauling industrial materials — Renewals — Overweight and overdimensional vehicles
§ 189.2713 Annual and single-trip permits for transporting loads of metal commodities weighing between 80,001 and 120,000 pounds — Administrative regulations
§ 189.2714 Annual overweight permit for transporting steel products or materials to or from a manufacturing or storage facility — Administrative regulations. (Effective July 1, 2020)
§ 189.2716 Annual overdimensional permit for transporting steel products to a Kentucky riverport — Width and mileage limitations
§ 189.2717 Annual overweight permit for transporting nondivisible loads over specified routes — Axle-weight limitation
§ 189.2718 Administrative regulations regarding issuance of annual certificates for transporting feed for livestock or poultry to a farm or other facility housing livestock or poultry
§ 189.272 Venue and jurisdiction — Overweight vehicle cases
§ 189.280 Trucks and trailers owned by governmental units — Regulation of trucks and trailers by cities
§ 189.282 Operation of low-speed vehicle on highway
§ 189.283 Regulation of commercial parcel delivery made by means of low-speed vehicle, golf cart, or utility vehicle — Administrative regulations
§ 189.284 Operation of alternative-speed motorcycle on highway
§ 189.285 Regulations for operating and riding on motorcycles — Headgear requirements — Definitions of motorcycle and moped
§ 189.2851 Operation, titling, registration, and insuring of motor scooters — Headgear requirements
§ 189.286 Local government may permit operation of golf cart on public roadway — Ordinance — Qualifications for operation — Exemption from title, registration, and emissions compliance requirements — Preemption by Transportation Cabinet
§ 189.287 Bicycle safety regulations and standards
§ 189.288 Operation, insuring, titling, and registration of autocycles — Exemption from headgear requirements
§ 189.289 Operation of electric low-speed scooter on highway, bicycle lane, or bicycle path
§ 189.290 Operator of vehicle to drive carefully
§ 189.292 Use of personal communication device prohibited while operating motor vehicle in motion on traveled portion of roadway — Exclusions — Administrative regulations
§ 189.294 Use of personal communication device by minor prohibited while operating motor vehicle, motorcycle, or moped in motion on traveled portion of roadway — Exclusions — Administrative regulations
§ 189.300 Vehicles to keep to right — Exceptions
§ 189.310 Vehicles meeting other vehicles and animals
§ 189.330 Turning and right-of-way at intersections
§ 189.335 Authority to install yield right-of-way signs
§ 189.336 Installation of flasher lights near schools — Speed limits
§ 189.337 Traffic control signs, uniform standards to be prescribed — Sign to conform — Prohibited activities
§ 189.338 Limitation of colored lights used in traffic-control signals — Rules for vehicular and pedestrian traffic controlled by traffic-control signals — Affirmative defense for motorcyclists
§ 189.340 Overtaking vehicles, bicycles, or electric low-speed scooters — Traffic lanes — Following vehicles — Exemption for commercial motor vehicle platoon trailing vehicle
§ 189.345 Prohibitions against driving on left side of roadway
§ 189.350 Assistance in passing or overtaking
§ 189.360 Passing cars receiving or discharging passengers
§ 189.370 Passing stopped school or church bus prohibited — Application to properly marked vehicles — Rebuttable presumption as to identity of violator
§ 189.375 School or church bus signaling device — Use — Stopping regulated
§ 189.377 Yielding right-of-way to solid waste collection service vehicle
§ 189.378 Funeral processions
§ 189.380 Signals
§ 189.390 Speed — Secretary authorized to increase speed limit in certain areas by official order — Parking
§ 189.392 Emergency vehicles excepted
§ 189.393 Complying with traffic officer’s signal
§ 189.394 Fines for speeding — Doubling of fines in school areas with flashing lights
§ 189.396 Enforcement of traffic regulations on off-street parking facilities offered for public use
§ 189.400 Turning around on curve or grade
§ 189.420 Driving on mountain highways
§ 189.430 Coasting prohibited — Unattended vehicle
§ 189.440 Starting a parked vehicle
§ 189.450 Stopping, standing, parking, or repairing vehicle on roadway or shoulders of highway
§ 189.456 Accessible parking placard for person with a disability — Duplicate placard — Fees — Proof of disability — Application by parent or guardian — Organizations transporting disabled individuals — Display — Administrative regulations
§ 189.459 Parking limits for vehicles with plates or placards for persons with a disability — Prohibitions
§ 189.4595 Exemption from local motor vehicle licenses and fees for disabled veterans or Congressional Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, or Air Force Cross recipients — Extension of legal parking period
§ 189.470 Obstruction to operator’s view or control
§ 189.480 Towed vehicles
§ 189.500 Logs or stones not to be dragged on highways
§ 189.505 Motor vehicle races on highways prohibited
§ 189.510 Horse race on highway prohibited
§ 189.515 Restrictions on operation of all-terrain vehicles
§ 189.517 Mini-truck — Definition — Criteria for operation — Permitted and prohibited uses
§ 189.520 Operating vehicle not a motor vehicle while under influence of intoxicants or substance which may impair driving ability prohibited — Presumptions concerning intoxication
§ 189.530 Providing motor vehicle to person intoxicated or under influence of substance which may impair driving ability — Possession of open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle prohibited — Exceptions — Definitions — Election of offenses to p
§ 189.540 Regulations for school buses — Operator required to have commercial driver’s license with school bus endorsement
§ 189.550 Vehicles used for transporting children to stop at railroad crossings
§ 189.560 Railroad crossings — Duties of motor vehicle operators and commercial drivers — Railroad’s liability for death or injury
§ 189.561 Investigation of certain public grade crossings not equipped with gates — Results — Costs
§ 189.562 Duty of railroad company when warning device incorrectly remains activated
§ 189.565 Operator of motor vehicle used in transporting inflammable liquids or explosives to stop vehicle at railroad crossings — Exceptions
§ 189.570 Pedestrians
§ 189.575 Yielding right-of-way to blind pedestrian
§ 189.580 Duty in case of accident — Movement of vehicle from roadway after accident — Removal of vehicles obstructing roadway — Exemptions — Costs of removal recoverable
§ 189.590 Coroners to report deaths
§ 189.635 Vehicle accident reports by operators, law enforcement officers, and agencies — Availability — News-gathering organizations — Contracts with outside entities to provide vehicle’s accident history and electronic access to reports — Administrative
§ 189.636 Accident or traffic violation involving uninsured motor vehicle
§ 189.670 Public policy as to trucks declared
§ 189.700 Declaration of policy concerning parking lots and automobile storage garages
§ 189.705 Posting of notice of hours facility is open — Attendant required — Exceptions
§ 189.710 Liability of parking lot or storage garage operator
§ 189.715 Checking of personal articles other than automobile equipment — Posting of notice
§ 189.720 Contracts limiting liability are void
§ 189.725 Removal of vehicles by owner of private parking lot — Signs
§ 189.751 Abandonment of vehicle on county road or city street — Penalty — Removal — Disposition
§ 189.752 Definitions for KRS 189.753
§ 189.753 Abandonment of motor vehicle on state highway — Presumption — Notification — Removal
§ 189.754 Removal of injurious substance from highway
§ 189.810 Definitions
§ 189.820 Slow-moving vehicle emblem or reflective tape required — Display — Regulations for mounting emblem or reflective tape
§ 189.830 Use of emblem or reflective tape restricted — Exemption from requirement
§ 189.860 Off-road vehicles
§ 189.910 Definitions for KRS 189.920 to 189.950
§ 189.920 Flashing lights and sirens
§ 189.930 Right-of-way to emergency vehicles — Blocking or following emergency vehicles — Driving over unprotected hoses of fire department
§ 189.940 Exemptions from traffic regulations
§ 189.945 Prohibition against use of mobile infrared electronic transmitter — Exceptions — Penalties
§ 189.950 Prohibitions — Exceptions
§ 189.960 Right-of-way to public safety vehicle or to pedestrian engaged in work on highway
§ 189.990 Penalties
§ 189.993 Penalties
§ 189.999 Prepayment of fines subject to certain conditions

Terms Used In Kentucky Statutes > Chapter 189

  • Action: includes all proceedings in any court of this state. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • All-terrain vehicle: means any motor vehicle used for recreational off-road use. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Animal: includes every warm-blooded living creature except a human being. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Attorney: means attorney-at-law. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Authorized emergency vehicle: shall mean any vehicle designated as such by
    KRS 189. See Kentucky Statutes 189.011
  • City: includes town. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • Company: may extend and be applied to any corporation, company, person, partnership, joint stock company, or association. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Crosswalk: means :
    (a) That part of a roadway at an intersection within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs or in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the traversable roadway. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Department: means the Department of Highways. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Electric low-speed scooter: means a device that: (a) Weighs less than one hundred (100) pounds. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Escheat: Reversion of real or personal property to the state when 1) a person dies without leaving a will and has no heirs, or 2) when the property (such as a bank account) has been inactive for a certain period of time. Source: OCC
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Federal: refers to the United States. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Foreign: when applied to a corporation, partnership, limited partnership, business trust, statutory trust, or limited liability company, includes all those incorporated or formed by authority of any other state. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Highway work zone: means that lane or portion of a state-maintained highway open to vehicular traffic and the affected area adjacent to a lane, berm, or shoulder of a state-maintained highway upon which construction, reconstruction, resurfacing, maintenance, inspection, or other work of that nature is being conducted. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Intersection: means :
    (a) The area embraced within the prolongation or connection of the lateral curb lines, or, if none, then the lateral boundary lines of the roadways of two (2) highways which join one another, but do not necessarily continue, at approximately right angles, or the area within which vehicles traveling upon different highways joining at any other angle may come into conflict. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lawsuit: A legal action started by a plaintiff against a defendant based on a complaint that the defendant failed to perform a legal duty, resulting in harm to the plaintiff.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Livestock: means cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses, alpacas, llamas, buffaloes, or any other animals of the bovine, ovine, porcine, caprine, equine, or camelid species. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Month: means calendar month. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Moped: means either a motorized bicycle whose frame design may include one (1) or more horizontal crossbars supporting a fuel tank so long as it also has pedals, or a motorized bicycle with a step-through type frame which may
    or may not have pedals rated no more than two (2) brake horsepower, a cylinder capacity not exceeding fifty (50) cubic centimeters, an automatic transmission not requiring clutching or shifting by the operator after the drive system is engaged, and capable of a maximum speed of not more than thirty (30) miles per hour. See Kentucky Statutes 189.285
  • Motor truck: means any motor-propelled vehicle designed for carrying freight or merchandise. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Motor vehicle: includes all vehicles, as defined in paragraph (a) of this subsection, except:
    1. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Motorcycle: means any motor-driven vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the operator and designed to travel on not more than three (3) wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding tractors and vehicles on which the operator and passengers ride in an enclosed cab and excluding a moped as defined in this subsection. See Kentucky Statutes 189.285
  • Operator: means the person in actual physical control of a vehicle. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Owner: when applied to any animal, means any person having a property interest in such animal. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Pedestrian: means any person afoot or in a wheelchair. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • Right-of-way: means the right of one (1) vehicle or pedestrian to proceed in a lawful manner in preference to another vehicle or pedestrian approaching under such circumstances of direction, speed, and proximity as to give rise to danger of collision unless one grants precedence to the other. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Roadway: means that portion of a highway improved, designed, or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the berm or shoulder. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Safety zone: means the area or space officially set apart within a roadway for the exclusive use of pedestrians and which is protected or is so marked or indicated by adequate signs as to be plainly visible at all times while set apart as a safety zone. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Semitrailer: means a vehicle designed to be attached to, and having its front end supported by, a motor truck or truck tractor, intended for the carrying of freight or merchandise and having a load capacity of over one thousand (1,000) pounds. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • State: when applied to a part of the United States, includes territories, outlying possessions, and the District of Columbia. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • State Police: includes any agency for the enforcement of the highway laws established pursuant to law. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Sunscreening material: means a product or material, including film, glazing, and perforated sunscreening, which, when applied to the windshield or windows of a motor vehicle, reduces the effects of the sun with respect to light reflectance or transmittance. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Trailer: means any vehicle designed to be drawn by a motor truck or truck-tractor, but supported wholly upon its own wheels, intended for the carriage of freight or merchandise and having a load capacity of over one thousand (1,000) pounds. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Transmittance: means the ratio of the amount of total light, expressed in a percentage, which is allowed to pass through the product or material, including glazing, to the amount of total light falling on the product or material and the glazing. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Treatment: when used in a criminal justice context, means targeted interventions that focus on criminal risk factors in order to reduce the likelihood of criminal behavior. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Truck tractor: means any motor-propelled vehicle designed to draw and to support the front end of a semitrailer. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Vehicle: includes :
    1. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
  • Violate: includes failure to comply with. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Window: means any device designed for exterior viewing from a motor vehicle, except the windshield, any roof-mounted viewing device, and any viewing device having less than one hundred fifty (150) square inches in area. See Kentucky Statutes 189.010
  • Wrecker: shall mean a motor vehicle on which a wrecking crane and other equipment suitable for motor vehicle wrecker service has been permanently mounted. See Kentucky Statutes 189.011
  • Year: means calendar year. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010