New Law Requires Drivers to Move Over or Slow Down for TxDOT Roadside Vehicles

- In less than three weeks, TxDOT vehicles will be included in the state's Move Over/Slow Down law.
And TxDOT officials say once it takes effect September 1st, it will help drive down the danger TxDOT crews face every day.

Working along busy roadways is a daily job for TxDOT crews.
Often times, drivers do not put much distance between their cars and TxDOT crew members but next month, state officials hope that will change with the threat of fines that come with the state's Move Over/Slow Down law.

"If motorists encounter those vehicles and those workers in that particular mode with the lights flashing, motorists now are required to either move over a lane or slow down to 20 mph under the posted speed limit," says Mark Cross, TxDOT information specialist.

It's a law state legislators amended to include TxDOT crews to make this job safer.

"Everybody has been on the side of the road to change a flat tire at one time and you feel the rumble of the semi's driving by you, but look at it this way.  The Texas Department of Transportation worker has this feeling every day," says Adele Lewis, public information officer for TxDOT's Wichita Falls District.

"There haven't been a rise or, in particular injuries or fatalities, but over the years, TxDOT has lost 103 employees, fatally, to these types of incidents on the roadways," Cross says.

The Wichita Falls TtxDOT office has a memorial for workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Ten names were added between 1945 and 1990 and with this new regulation they hope they don't have to add any more.
Since a law enforcement official is often times present while TxDOT crews are working on busy highways, they will be the ones to enforce the new law, which starts September 1st.
And if you're pulled over for violating that law you could be fined up to $2,000.

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