A growing trend among local motorists is putting officers in danger and that has prompted Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers to issue a community plea: “Move over or slow down.”
If approaching a vehicle with flashing lights that is parked to the right of the road — whether it is a DPS unit, law enforcement patrol unit, ambulance, fire truck, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) vehicle or tow trucks — please follow the law, said DPS Trooper Coy Morales.
Texas statute requires motorists in those situations to either move over a lane to the left, if possible, or slow to at least 20 miles per hour slower than the posted speed limit for that area, he said.
“Nobody seems to be doing it,” Morales added, saying that puts officers on traffic stops at increased danger for being hit by passing vehicles, particularly on stretches of road out Texas Highway 16, as well as U.S. Highways 87 and 290.