A new law signed by Gov. Perry is designed to protect TxDOT workers who are doing emergency repairs. Those workers may be patching a pothole or picking up debris, and they don’t have barrels or cones to protect them. They’re often working in a sliver of roadway where traffic could be whizzing by at 70 miles an hour.
TxDOT’s Mark Cross says under the new law, drivers have to slow down and change lanes when they see blue and amber lights on a TxDOT vehicle.
“It’s usually a maintenance situation when you see the flashing lights, or sometime in construction zones you may see vehicles at the end of the work zone set up with lights flashing.”
The new law goes into effect September first. Drivers who don’t comply could be fined up to $500. Texas drivers are already required to slow down and move over for police and emergency crews who have their lights flashing on the side of the roadway.