DPS Urges Drivers to Move Over, Slow Down for Tow Trucks
Texas Department of Public SafetyJune 19, 2012, 3:16pm 2,388 views | Post a comment
AUSTIN -- This week the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will place special enforcement emphasis on the addition of tow trucks to the Move Over/Slow Down law, which requires motorists to move over or slow down when certain vehicles are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated. To remind the public of this important safety measure, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will activate electronic signs this week, which will read: If Tow Truck Stopped Ahead, Move Over or Slow Down, It’s The Law.
“This law is about providing extra protection for those individuals on the side of the road doing their jobs, as well as the people on the roadside with them,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Thanks to this new provision, tow truck drivers, who are usually helping motorists in distress, now have additional protection under the law so they can do their jobs in a safer environment.”
During the 2011 Legislative session, tow trucks were added to the existing law, which already applied to police, fire, and EMS vehicles stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated. Motorists are required to vacate the lane closest to the stopped vehicle (if there is more than one available lane in the same direction of travel) or slow to 20 miles below the speed limit.
“Last year, the Texas Legislature amended the Move Over/Slow Down law to now require motorists to slow down or move over when passing a tow truck displaying emergency lights,” said Carol Rawson, TxDOT Traffic Operations director. “At TxDOT, we believe this is an important step toward improving safety for all emergency personnel, including tow truck operators, who routinely work in dangerous conditions along Texas highways.”
DPS issued more than 17,000 warning and citations last year for violation of the Move Over/Slow Down law and another 6,000 through the first five months of this year. Violation of this law could result in fines up to $200. The punishment is more severe if there is property damage, and jail time is possible if someone is injured.
Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!
You must be logged in to post a comment.
Breaking News Archives
Flood warning continues for San Antonio River near Floresville (September 28, 2016)
Floresville police want to ID Walmart shoplifter (September 27, 2016)
Rain totals for the week (September 27, 2016)
Video shows apparent theft of trailer, ATV in Floresville (September 27, 2016)
Flood warning issued in Bexar, Wilson counties (September 26, 2016)
Police seek leads in Floresville trailer, ATV theft (September 26, 2016)
Help SAPD find suspects in aggravated robbery (September 21, 2016)
Smith Gas celebrates 88 years in business (September 20, 2016)
San Antonio alert: Missing person (September 15, 2016)
TXDOT offers free child car seat inspections to save young lives (September 15, 2016)
Update: Car passes stopped school bus, injures Floresville student (September 14, 2016)
Remembering 9-11 (September 11, 2016)
Rain totals for the week (September 6, 2016)
Two 18-wheelers collide near Stockdale, cause highway closure (September 6, 2016)
Former Floresville Mayor Diana Garza passes away (September 3, 2016)
FC homecoming postponed (September 2, 2016)
Play it Safe on the Water over Labor Day Weekend (September 2, 2016)