Move over or face a fine up to $200.
More than 100 drivers in Killeen found that out the hard way Thursday morning during a Killeen Police Department traffic enforcement operation aimed to “remind motorists about the ‘Move Over/Slow Down’ law,” according to KPD.
Officers in KPD cars, SUVs and at least one motorcycle were seen pulling over vehicles in eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 190/Interstate 14 between 8 and 11 a.m.
The “move over” law requires drivers nearing stopped emergency vehicles with lights activated to either slow down or change lanes. The law also applies for tow trucks on the side of the road. The citation is punishable by a fine up to $200.
In Thursday’s operation, KPD “utilized a total of nine KPD officers with the assistance of two DPS state troopers for this detail,” according to a KPD release. “There were a total of 105 improper passing violations, 25 speeding violations and 18 non-hazardous violations; to include no driver’s license, no insurance and fail to display driver license.”
The purpose of special traffic enforcement details is to inform citizens of the actual violation, and to create awareness of the actual law, KPD said.
In November, KPD held a similar operation, issuing 97 improper passing citations and 25 for other violations.