lawmakers are looking at two bills designed to protect highway patrol
and other emergency personnel during roadside stops.
HB252 and SB193, drivers would be required to maintain a safe distance
and reduce speed when approaching an emergency vehicle parked by
the road with its lights flashing.
measures, written by Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, and Sen. Gonzalo
Barrientos, R-Austin, respectively, require drivers to merge into
the furthest lane away from an emergency vehicle, if practical,
with regard to safety and traffic conditions.
two-lane highways, drivers must slow down to 20 mph below the speed
limit before passing the emergency vehicle.
of these provisions could result in fines up to $200.