Non-Hazardous Violations – 17 citations and 7 warnings
***ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE***
The Austin Police Department Highway Enforcement Command (APD HEC) will be conducting an operation to enforce the Texas Move Over Law, tomorrow, June 12. This law states that drivers must vacate the lane closest to an emergency vehicle or slow to 20 mph below the posted speed limit.
APD will have approximately 18 officers during this operation and will gather for a briefing at 8:15 a.m., in the Cabela’s parking lot in Buda. The operation will take place inside Austin city limits, but this is where they will stage beforehand.
This operation will focus on drivers not moving over for tow trucks that have emergency lights activated while on the side of the highway. Research from AAA shows that a tow truck driver is hit and killed once every six days, making it one of the most dangerous jobs. The Transportation Code was amended in 2013 to include tow trucks as emergency vehicles. This will be the first of a series of operations to educate the public on the law and to help protect our partners in the towing industry.
Communications and Public Information Office
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701