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March 5, 2019
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GUILLEN WORKS TO PROTECT EMERGENCY AND SAFETY WORKERS ON ROADS
AUSTIN – Texas State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed a measure last week to encourage drivers to abide by the so-called "move over" law, which requires drivers to change lanes or slow down when an emergency or towing vehicle is on duty on the side of the road.
"Too often, reckless drivers do not change lanes or slow down when emergency or towing personnel are working on the side of the road,” said Guillen. “That is incredibly dangerous, and needs to stop.”
Currently, Texas laws require drivers to slow down or vacate the nearest lane to the stopped emergency, repair, or service vehicles. However, many drivers are not obeying the law. In 2017 alone, 10,650 warnings or citations were issued for violations of the law. Rep. Guillen’s bill, HB 2807, will increase fines for violations of the move over law to curb these dangerous violations.
"Emergency personnel often risk their lives to serve their communities," added Guillen. “We owe it to them to protect them in their line of duty.”
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen