New Texas Traffic Regulations Start In September

A new law goes into effect this fall that requires drivers to slow down and move over for highway maintenance crews.

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.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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