Move Over or Slow Down

Learn about the “Move Over or Slow Down” law regarding emergency vehicles. Next week [Monday, July 19 – Sunday, July 25], HPD officers will be actively enforcing the “Move Over or Slow Down” law and citations will be issued.

Under Texas law, motorists approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with its signals (emergency lights) on are required to either vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle (if a lane is available) or slow to a speed no more than 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit. When the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or less, the driver must slow down to five miles per hour.

A violation of the “Passing Authorized Emergency Vehicle” law is considered a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a $1 to $200 fine or a Class B misdemeanor if someone is injured.

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