Texas adds tow trucks to 'move-over' law for emergency vehicles

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by Eric Gonzales / KENS 5

kvue.com

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 21 at 3:32 PM

A law passed last year is now on DPS’s radar. You are now required to steer clear of tow truck drivers working on the side of the road.

This week DPS started a campaign to let people know you now have to clear out the lane next to a tow truck on the side of the road. The law was expanded to add tow trucks to the law that exists for the safety of officers and emergency crews. 
 
As motorists pass a tow truck going in the same direction you are required to evacuate the lane next to the tow truck, and if you are blocked in you have to slow down. And being blocked in will not be an excuse.
 
“If they cannot move over because there is vehicles blocking you, you have to slow down. And you have to slow down to 20 below the posted speed limit,” says Jason Reyes of the Department of Public Safety. 
 
DPS says the law has been on the books since last year when the state legislature added tow trucks to the already existing law that applies to officers and emergency crews. 

This week DPS is focusing on enforcing this law. Drivers should know that fines can be up to $200. However the law states that if property damage results from a violation of the law, the fine could go  up to $500.
 
 

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