Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be enhancing enforcement
efforts in Navarro County on Thursday, Feb. 15, focusing specifically
violations of the
law. These periodic enforcement operations by DPS Troopers are
planned throughout the year at various locations in Texas.
law, originally passed in 2003, requires motorists to move over or
slow down when certain vehicles - including police, fire, EMS,
Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks - are
stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated.
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."
Texas law states that a driver must either:
the lane closest to the applicable vehicles stopped on the side of
the road (if the road has multiple lanes traveling in the same
down 20 mph below the speed limit. (If the speed limit is below 25
mph, the driver must slow down to 5 mph.)
should only move over if they can do so safely and legally;
otherwise, they should slow down.
addition to complying with the law to protect those who work on the
side of the road, we encourage motorists to show the same courtesy to
fellow drivers stopped along our roadways. Let`s all get home
safely," said McCraw.
of the law can result in a fine of up to $200; the fine increases to
$500 if there is property damage. If violators cause bodily injury,
they can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, resulting in possible
jail time and a maximum fine of $2,000.
data from 2017 shows that DPS issued more than 10,650 warnings and
citations to motorists violating the Move Over/Slow Down law.