Move Over Law Initiative Proven Successful in Educating Drivers
The Move Over/Slow Down law, originally implemented in 2003, requires drivers nearing stopped emergency vehicles with lights activated to either slow down or change lanes. The law states a driver must either vacate the lane closest to the stopped emergency vehicle if the road has multiple lanes traveling in the same direction or slow down 20 miles per hour below the speed limit. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will now place special enforcement emphasis on the addition of tow trucks and TxDot vehicles to the Move Over/Slow Down law. A violation is punishable by a maximum fine of $200. If the violation results in property damage, the maximum fine increases to $500. If the violation results in bodily injury, the offense is enhanced to a Class B misdemeanor.
With over 70 stops in February with the Move Over Initiative, Travis County Pct. 2 deputies have been educating the public on maintaining a safe distance for peace officers, highway workers, and tow truck drivers on the side of the road while they are working. The initiative also took a heavily intoxicated driver off the road and resulted in a DWI arrest. Our office will continue to enforce the initiative as more accidents have occurred across Texas.