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Old 05-05-2011, 12:48 AM   #1
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Texas Move Over Law now includes Tow Truck Drivers.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Motorists could face new penalties for passing tow trucks on the highway unless they slowed down or changed lanes.Without any debate, the Texas House unanimously approved legislation Wednesday adding tow trucks to the law requiring motorists to move over or slow down when passing law enforcement or emergency vehicles, such as police cars or ambulances. The tow trucks would have to have their emergency lights flashing.Motorists who violate the law would face a fine of up to $200 akin to a speeding ticket or more if the violation causes an accident and causes property or bodily damage.Advocates say the bill, pushed by towing interests, is needed to protect tow truck operators who routinely work in extremely dangerous conditions on Texas highways.
Yup, I will continue on my merry way, they can choose another lane and go around me. After all the ones that have nearly run me off the road and driven like douches. them.

They are not emergency vehicles, vultures.
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Isn't this if they are on the side of the road? If you're going to continue in the lane next to the shoulder you're required to slow down. If you don't want to slow down - you have to move over one lane to the left. I don't think it's talking about them passing you. Do I have this right?
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Isn't this if they are on the side of the road? If you're going to continue in the lane next to the shoulder you're required to slow down. If you don't want to slow down - you have to move over one lane to the left. I don't think it's talking about them passing you. Do I have this right?
thats what i was thinking. if thats the case, the law makes perfect sense.
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Hmmm, guess I misread it. Just kinda since I almost got nail by another tow truck driver speeding or doing something generally stupid twice in a few hours.

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Love it when I see a tow truck driver pulled over by LEO. Doesn't happen often, but I love it when I see it!
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Isn't this if they are on the side of the road? If you're going to continue in the lane next to the shoulder you're required to slow down. If you don't want to slow down - you have to move over one lane to the left. I don't think it's talking about them passing you. Do I have this right?
Yea that's what I was thinking.

and you gotta slow it down to 35mph. Sometimes they got cops in front waiting for the people who don't slow it down and they will give them a speeding ticket
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Now if they will just start enforcing the left lane is for passing law...
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Now if they will just start enforcing the left lane is for passing law...
Yeah - that'll happen...
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People should be slowing down for anyone on the side of the road, LEO, tow truck, or even your average citizen. Anyone who's ever had the nerve wracking experience of having to change a tire on the side of a freeway will agree.
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Yea that's what I was thinking.

and you gotta slow it down to 35mph. Sometimes they got cops in front waiting for the people who don't slow it down and they will give them a speeding ticket
It's 35mph? I thought it was 20 under posted. Either way, it's a good law. Problem is that people in Texas can't drive. Even if someone slows down, someone next to them will say, "Ooh! Gap in traffic!" and move into the lane without slowing down.

I wish there was a double fine when LEO pulls someone over and they stop on the left shoulder. Dangerous & stupid.
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don't you mean right shoulder? Left shoulder puts the LEO up against the barracade when he walks to the drivers side.
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I wish there was a double fine when LEO pulls someone over and they stop on the left shoulder. Dangerous & stupid.
Or when someone pulls over just after an overpass..
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People should be slowing down for anyone on the side of the road, LEO, tow truck, or even your average citizen. Anyone who's ever had the nerve wracking experience of having to change a tire on the side of a freeway will agree.
That's the way I've always felt about it. I'm always afraid some small child will dart out or something and then I would feel bad for the rest of my life. Then you see those police videos on TV where the cop has the person pulled over and some idiot slams into them because they were texting or falling asleep.
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That's the way I've always felt about it. I'm always afraid some small child will dart out or something and then I would feel bad for the rest of my life. Then you see those police videos on TV where the cop has the person pulled over and some idiot slams into them because they were texting or falling asleep.
those videos are the reason I try not to even pull over on the freeway. There have been times where it has been unavoidable, but I will often signal and get off at the first exit and find a parking lot... I'd rather explain to the officer why it took my a while to pull over than to get creamed by some asshat who isn't paying attention.
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those videos are the reason I try not to even pull over on the freeway. There have been times where it has been unavoidable, but I will often signal and get off at the first exit and find a parking lot... I'd rather explain to the officer why it took my a while to pull over than to get creamed by some asshat who isn't paying attention.
In the couple times I've been pulled over, I usually put my hazard lights on to acknowledge that they're behind me, and do the same.
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honestly I think its a great law.... when I was in my wreck on 45, the tow truck driver was at an angle trying to hook up the other car and cars were just flying right by going 70 mph, inches from the tow trucks front bumper...

if a tow truck activates its lights you would have to either be going 20 under the speed limit (generally except on city streets) or move over an extra lane if your going full speed... how bad is that in general really? imagine if that was your disabled car they were trying to hook up.... its for their and everyones safety so....
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Yea that's what I was thinking.

and you gotta slow it down to 35mph. Sometimes they got cops in front waiting for the people who don't slow it down and they will give them a speeding ticket
i believe it is 20mph below posted speed limit. i could be wrong tho.
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O im sure tow truck drivers will obey that traffic law.... POINTLESS
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don't you mean right shoulder? Left shoulder puts the LEO up against the barracade when he walks to the drivers side.
No...I meant left shoulder. LEO may be against the barricade, but there's no room for error on the left shoulder. A car stopped on the left shoulder with enough room for the LEO to approach the driver's side usually leaves a foot or less of room between the passenger's side of the car and traffic in the fast lane, and even then, the LEO is touching the barricade or the car for lack of room. There are very few places in Houston that have a large enough left shoulder to allow for a margin of error. The left shoulder is for emergency stopping only. Getting pulled over is not an emergency and it puts you and the LEO at risk. Has everyone forgotten driver's ed? When an emergency or law enforcement vehicle is behind you with lights and sirens, you are supposed to move to the right and slow down. There is usually a grassy median between the right shoulder and the feeder road, allowing for more room to get your vehicle away from traffic. Safer for all, that way.


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those videos are the reason I try not to even pull over on the freeway. There have been times where it has been unavoidable, but I will often signal and get off at the first exit and find a parking lot... I'd rather explain to the officer why it took my a while to pull over than to get creamed by some asshat who isn't paying attention.
Didn't get me out of the ticket, but it helped. The trooper only wrote it for 15 over instead of my actual speed (35 over) and thanked me for pulling off the roadway.
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