TxDOT urges drivers to help keep roadside workers safe

Posted at 3:26 PM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 16:26:55-05

AUSTIN, TX — This November, TxDOT is urging drivers to "Click It or Ticket" and obey the state's Move Over/Slow Down Laws.

Passed in 2003, the Texas Legislature has since extended said law's protection to now include all TxDOT vehicles, tow trucks and utility service vehicles. The Move Over/Slow Down law requires drivers to: · Take safety precautions when approaching roadside law enforcement, emergency vehicles, tow trucks, utility vehicles and TxDOT vehicles with flashing lights on. · Whenever possible, move out of the lane closest to said vehicles. · Slow down to 20 mph, "below", the posted speed limit if safely switching lanes is not possible or the road doesn’t offer multiple lanes. ·Reduce speed to 5 mph on roadways with posted speed limits of 25 mph or less. Failing to do so, can leave drivers with fines up to $2000.