• November 21, 2014

New law requires drivers to change lanes or reduce speed when TxDOT workers, vehicles in area

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3 comments:

  • wilcfry posted at 11:13 am on Sat, Aug 17, 2013.

    wilcfry Posts: 93

    I agree; the law would be simpler to write and easier to remember if it was just anyone on the side of the road. And it would make more sense that way, since non TxDOT people are just as (more?) likely to be a hazard.

    Additionally, the "blue or amber lights" do not identify TxDOT workers, as the article suggests. Apparently, all kinds of non-government vehicles are allowed to display flashing blue/amber/red lights in Texas (this isn't true in all states where I've lived). It seems just about any contractor or work truck alongside the highway is allowed to display them, and some drive around with the lights flashing all the time. Dozens of times, I've assumed it was an official vehicle until I pulled alongside and saw that it was just a self-important small businessman.

     
  • Dann0 posted at 11:34 pm on Wed, Aug 14, 2013.

    Dann0 Posts: 1

    I agree, that anything stopped on the shoulder is a hazard.
    The lobbyists wanted people to slow down for government workers.
    So, the legislature passed a law, requiring motorists to remember new
    rules, when government workers are present, and the citizens be damned.
    How many of us subjects have been injured or killed, while changing a tire?
    It seems to be all about those who have influence in Austin... NOT the voters.
    Why not simply require "move over or slow down" if ANY hazards (such as cyclists,
    school kids, and disabled cars) are alongside the road?
    And, tow those broken down cars now...
    instead of letting them cause a roadside hazard for weeks.

     
  • Bubba posted at 4:46 pm on Wed, Aug 14, 2013.

    Bubba Posts: 748

    Let's focus on getting Texans to get out of the left lane unless they can use it correctly.