Wednesday, September 08, 2004

New Texas Traffic Law Activly Enforced

There is a new state law in Texas which became effective September 1, 2003, applies to driving situations where emergency vehicles are stopped or parked along the roadside. This new law is being actively enforced! Texas law SB-193, reads as follows:

Drivers nearing a stopped emergency vehicle that has lights activated, unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer, must
* Vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle, if the highway has two or more lanes traveling the direction of the emergency vehicle; or
* Slow to a speed not more than 20 miles per hour (mph) less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 mph or more; or
* Slow to a speed not more than 5 mph when the posted speed limit is less than 25 mph.

A violation is punishable by a maximum fine of $200. If the violation results in property damage, the maximum fine increases to $500. If the violation results in bodily injury, the offense is enhanced to a class B misdemeanor.





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