A new law goes into effect Sunday that adds TX-Dot workers and vehicles to the “Slow Down – Move Over” law.

“The state’s Slow Down – Move Over law was first passed in 2003 and applied to police, fire and emergency medical service vehicles,” TX-Dot spokesman David Glessner told KTRH News.  “In 2011 tow trucks were added and as of September 1, 2013 that law will also protect TX-Dot work crews and vehicles on the side of the road.”

Drivers will now be required to move of the lane closest to the TX-Dot workers or vehicle whenever possible or slow down their speed to 20 mph below the posted speed.  If there aren’t multiple lanes, you are required to slow down.

“Our roadside workers work in extremely dangerous environments, sometimes just feet away from oncoming traffic” says Glessner. “So we are pleased to have this Move Over – Slow Down law in place to protect them.

Violators can be fined up to $2,000.