Texas emergency-vehicle bill signed into law

| 6/24/2003

Gov. Rick Perry has signed legislation into law designed to protect highway patrol and other emergency personnel during roadside stops in Texas.

Under the new law, drivers are required to maintain a safe distance and reduce speed when approaching an emergency vehicle parked by the road with their lights flashing.

SB193, which will go into effect Sept. 1, requires drivers to merge into the furthest lane away from an emergency vehicle.

On 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.