DPS troopers will be conducting a Move Over/Slow Down operation in the Bryan District throughout tomorrow (Wednesday). The Department of Transportation will be participating in a non-enforcement capacity.
These enforcement operations are planned periodically by DPS throughout the year at various locations in Texas, with several operations planned this month.
Originally passed in 2003, the law requires drivers to either move over or slow down when certain vehicles are stopped on the side of the road with their emergency lights on. Those include vehicles belonging to police, fire, EMS, TxDOT, or tow trucks.
Specifically, the law says drivers need to either vacate the lane closest to the vehicles stopped on the side of the road, or slow down 20 mph below the speed limit. Drivers should only move over if they can do so legally and safely; otherwise, they should slow down.
Violators could be fined up to $200, or up 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 last year shows DPS issued more than 41,000 warnings and citations to drivers violating the law. Preliminary data this year shows approximately 14,300 warnings and citations have been issued.