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New Traffic Laws in Texas

How are these new laws going to affect you? That's the question many Texans are asking. Considering all the major changes, it's no wonder Texas drivers want to know.

The new laws passed during our state's last legislative session went into effect on September 1, 2011. One of the most important new laws creates safer conditions for tow trucks that are in the process of tending to broken down vehicles or car accidents on the side of the road.

The old law required drivers to slow down to 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit when passing a tow truck on the side of the road with emergency lights flashing. The new law will require Texas drivers to do quite a bit more.

The new law in affect requires drivers to slow down considerably or move over to create a significant zone of safety. The new law will keep tow truck drivers safe from many of the rear-end accidents that they may have risked under the old law.

Important Goals of the New Law

  • Create a zone of safety for emergency vehicles to repair or remove vehicles
  • Prevent traffic fatalities and injuries that result from drivers passing workers at high speeds
  • Expedite the overall process of removing vehicles from the side of Texas highways

Tow truck drivers must be safe to tend to the car accidents and stranded drivers on Texas roads. Allowing the emergency services room to clear the vehicles quickly will contribute to less congestion on Texas highways and overall driver safety.

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