Local law enforcement to enforce the “ move, slow down ” law
From Tuesday, May 18, law enforcement in the Lubbock area will join forces to continue enforcing safe driving in and around Lubbock.
The Lubbock Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety will work in partnership to focus on speeding violations and to enforce no-move or slowdown when an emergency vehicle is stationary, a tow truck or a TxDOT vehicle have lights on on the roads.
The enhanced enforcement measures will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
Texas law says readers must move or slow down if an emergency vehicle has lights on and is on the road, according to a press release.
If there is an authorized emergency vehicle stationary, tow truck or TxDOT vehicle with lights on, or a different visual sign, Texas law states that a driver must:
• Leave the lane closest to the affected vehicles stopped on the side of the road (if the road has several lanes traveling in the same direction), or
• Slow down 20 mph below the speed limit. (If the speed limit is less than 25 mph, the driver should slow down to 5 mph.)
According to the City of Lubbock press release, the primary areas of focus for the Lubbock Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety will be major highways, including the Marsha Sharp Freeway, Interstate 27, and the Loop. 289.
Every year, police and emergency personnel are struck by vehicles that have not moved or have not slowed down. Unfortunately, many of the people involved in these accidents die from injuries.
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