posted on September 04, 2019 10:46
MOVE OVER/SLOW DOWN LAW EXPANDS TO PROTECT UTILITY WORKERS
Starting Sept. 1, drivers must yield to utility vehicles as they do for police, fire, medical emergency and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles.
Kerrville, Texas, September 4, 2019—Texas’ Move Over/Slow Down law has been expanded to add protection for utility vehicles. Starting Sept. 1, drivers must yield to utility vehicles as they do for police, fire, medical emergency and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles that are stopped with overhead flashing blue or amber lights.
“The change with the 'Move Over' law allows the members of our line crew to do their job better and safer,” said Tammye Riley, manager of human resources, safety and training for KPUB. “My hope is that the expansion with protection for utility workers will help put their minds at ease, which will allow them to concentrate on the dangerous work at hand, restoring power.”
The new addition to the Move Over law requires motorists to move out of the lane closest to the TxDOT vehicle when possible or reduce their speed to 20 miles per hour below the posted limit. If the road does not offer multiple lanes, the driver must slow down. On roadways with posted speed limits of 25 miles per hour or less, drivers must reduce their speed to 5 miles per hour. Violators can be fined up to $2,000.
The Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB) was acquired by the City of Kerrville in 1987. KPUB serves approximately 22,750 customers throughout 146 square mile service area including Kerrville, Center Point, Ingram, Hunt, and surrounding areas in Kerr County.
KPUB is overseen by a five-member board of trustees who serve without compensation and who are responsible to the City of Kerrville for the management and control of the system. KPUB is a responsive and efficient locally-owned provider of reliable, high-quality utility service at the lowest responsible price.