Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety say they will be placing special enforcement emphasis on the law requiring motorists to move over or slow down when passing vehicles stopped on the side of the road when emergency lights are on.
This enforcement will take place throughout this year in the Brazos Valley area.
Drivers passing stopped police, fire, ambulance vehicles, tow trucks, and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles, whose emergency lights have been activated, must move out of the lane closest to the vehicle or reduce their speed to 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit.
Sgt. Jimmy Morgan of the DPS says the law provides extra protection for first responders and workers doing their jobs in dangerous conditions.
Violations of the Move Over/Slow Down law can result in a $500 fine and drivers causing bodily injury may be charged with a class B misdemeanor.