Austin County

Emergency Management

“Protect the safety of the people and the lands of Austin County through prevention, preparation, response, and recovery with integrity and honor.”

Choose Your Language

It’s The Law

Never Remove Barrages or Signs

Texas Transportation Code
Sec. 472.021
Tampering With Warning Devices

(a)  A person commits an offense if the person tampers with, damages, or removes a barricade, flare pot, sign, flasher signal, or other device warning of construction, repair, or detour on or adjacent to a highway set out by the state, a political subdivision, a contractor, or a public utility.

This section does not apply to a person acting within the scope and duty of employment if the person is:

(1)  an officer, agent, independent contractor, employee, or trustee of the state or a political subdivision;
(2)  a contractor; or
(3)  a public utility.

(c) An offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable by:
(1)  a fine of not less than $25 or more than $1,000;
(2)  confinement in a county jail for a term not to exceed two years; or
(3)  both the fine and the confinement.
(d) In this section:
(1)  “Contractor” means a person engaged in highway construction or repair under contract with this state or a political subdivision of this state.
(2)  “Highway” means the entire width between the boundary lines of a publicly maintained way, any part of which is open to the public for vehicular travel or any part of which is under construction or repair and intended for public vehicular travel on completion. The term includes the space above or below the highway surface.
(3)  “Person” means an individual, firm, association, or corporation and includes an officer, agent, independent contractor, employee, or trustee of that individual or entity.
(4)  “Political subdivision” includes a county, municipality, local board, or other body of this state having authority to authorize highway construction or repair.
(5)  “Public utility” means:
(A)  a telegraph, telephone, water, gas, light, or sewage company or cooperative;
(B)  a contractor of a company or cooperative described by Subdivision (A); or
(C)  another business recognized by the legislature as a public utility.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Road Safety

NHTSA promotes safe behaviors on our nation’s roads.

Child Safety

A safe car with the right car seat is a good start to keeping your child safe on the road, but there are many dangers in and around your vehicle to be aware of.

Teen Driving

After spending years protecting your children from danger on and off the road, are you prepared to help them learn to drive?

Adapted Vehicles

Discover cost saving tips on modifying or purchasing a vehicle that meets the needs of people with disabilities.

Vehicle Theft Prevention

Have you taken the proper precautions to safeguard your auto against theft?

Pedestrian Safety

It is important to raise awareness of the dangers to pedestrains.  Here are some tips to keep pedestrians safe.

Bicycle Safety

The safety of all bicyclists and motorists rides on mutual respect.  Learn about bicycle safety and how to reduce bicycle injuries and fatalities.

Older Drivers

Concerned about an older parent’s ability to drive safely?  Learn to recognize and address changes in your older loved one’s driving.

Motorcycle Safety

It takes two for motorcyclists to ride safely.  Learn how to anticipate and respond to motorcyclist behavior, and share the road.

School Bus Safety

Your child’s greatest school risk is not riding a school bus – it’s getting on and off one.  Teach your child about school bus safety.

15-Passenger Vans

Learn about the risks of 15-passenger vans and what you can do to prevent them.