bill designed to protect highway patrol and other emergency personnel
during roadside stops in Texas has been sent to the governor.
measure, which passed the House May 24, previously passed the Senate.
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.
by Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos, D-Austin, the bill requires 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. Violators could be fined
up to $500.