DPS to step up enforcement of Move Over/Slow Down law

DPS to step up enforcement of Move Over/Slow Down law

TEXAS (KAUZ) - Texas DPS is stepping up enforcement of the Move Over/Slow Down law.

The law was put in place in 2003 to help protect emergency responders on the road.

The law requires drivers to either move over or slow down when certain responders such as fire, police, EMS, Department of Transportation vehicle, or tow trucks are stopped on the side of the road with their lights on.

The law specifies that drivers must either leave the lane closest to the vehicle stopped on the side of the road or slow down at least 20 miles below the speed limit when passing. Drivers should also only move over if they can safely do it otherwise they should slow down.

“Our Highway Patrol Troopers and other officers risk their lives every day for the people of Texas, and their safety is particularly vulnerable while working on the side of the road, where the slightest mistake by a passing motorist can end in tragedy,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “While our officers are serving and protecting Texans, we’re asking drivers to do their part by adhering to the law – simply move over or slow down.”

Violators of the law could be fined up to $200. The fine increases to $500 if property damage occurs from failure to follow the law. If there is bodily injury, you could receive jail time and a fine of $2000.
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