Tyler, Texas (KETK) --- — Governor Rick Perry recently signed a bill into law requiring Texas drivers to ‘Move over’ and slow down for Texas department of transportation vehicles on the side of the roadway.
We are all familiar with the law to move over one lane and slow down for law enforcement vehicles but starting September 1st, this will apply to the workers you see in the TxDOT yellow vests, as well.
It's a risky job.
John Moore from the Smith County Sheriff’s office says, "It honestly is one of the most dangerous things a law enforcement officer can face, being injured on the side of the road during a traffic stop."
According to FBI statistics more officers are killed on the side of the road during routine stops, than any other time.
Moore says, “This is no different for TxDOT workers, these are people who are subjected to extreme weather conditions, a lot of hot tar and road materials, so they are already dealing with a lot."
Larry Krantz from the TxDOT says,"Our job is to work near traffic all the time, to work on the roads you need to be out on the roads."
Perry’s law will require drivers to not only ‘Move over’ and slow down for flashing red and blue lights, but for the Texas Department of Transportation vehicle's; blue and amber lights as well.
Moore says, “Slow down at least 20 miles below the speed limit, get over to the side, and give everybody some room."
If you don't you could get a citation and pay up to a 500$ fine.
100 TxDOT workers have died since 1938 on the side of the road. TxDOT workers and other law enforcement agencies applaud the Texas legislature for extending this law to even more public servants.
Krantz says, “It helps drastically improve the safety of the TxDOT employee who's out there working for public safety.”
Moore adds, “These folks have a right to be safe, so this is a good change."
In the coming week's you will see public service announcements reminding all drivers of these new changes.