On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, BPD’s Traffic Unit, along with Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office conducted a “Move Over/Slow Down” operation on Hwy 69 (Cardinal Drive). During the operation, a total of 56 violators were contacted. Our goal during this operation was to educate drivers of this law in hopes of preventing future crashes involving public safety workers stopped on the side of roadways.
The state’s Move Over/Slow Down law, requires drivers to yield to police, fire, emergency vehicles, and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) workers stopped on the side of the road/highway with flashing lights. (See Transportation Code 545.157 below).
TEXAS TRANSPORTATION CODE
Sec. 545.157. PASSING CERTAIN VEHICLES. (a) This section
applies only to the following vehicles:
(1) a stationary authorized emergency vehicle using visual signals that meet the requirements of Sections 547.305 and 547.702;
(2) a stationary tow truck using equipment authorized by Section 547.305(d); and
(3) a Texas Department of Transportation vehicle not separated from the roadway by a traffic control channelizing device and using visual signals that comply with the standards and specifications adopted under Section 547.105.
(b) On approaching a vehicle described by Subsection (a), an operator, unless otherwise directed by a police officer,
shall: (1) vacate the lane closest to the vehicle when driving on a highway with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the vehicle; or
(2) slow to a speed not to exceed: (A) 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or more; or
(B) five miles per hour when the posted speed limit is less than 25 miles per hour.
(c) A violation of this section is: (1) a misdemeanor punishable under Section 542.401;
(2) a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $500 if the violation results in property damage; or
(3) a Class B misdemeanor if the violation results in bodily injury.
(d) If conduct constituting an offense under this section
also constitutes an offense under another section of this code
or the Penal Code, the actor may be prosecuted under either
section or under both sections.