Move over or slow down for tow trucks. That is the message from the Texas Department of Public Safety this week.
DPS will use special enforcement to emphasize 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.
"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."
To remind the public of this important safety measure, the Texas Department of Transportation will activate electronic signs, which will read, "If tow truck stopped ahead, move over or slow down, it's the law."
In 2011, DPS issued more than 17,000 warnings and citations for violation of the Move Over/Slow Down law. Another 6,000 warnings and citations were issued through the first five months of 2012. Violation of the law could result in fines up to $200. The punishment would be more severe if property is damaged, and jail time is possible if someone is injured.