Move over…or get a ticket

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- Texas State Law says when an emergency vehicle is pulled over on the shoulder, you need to move over and give them room, but it's a law many drivers don't follow, and now Sherman police are cracking down for their safety and for yours.

It’s unfortunate when you get pulled over for speeding or some other traffic violation, but did you know passing an emergency vehicle in the near lane could get you a ticket?

It is a state law for drivers to move over to the next lane. The majority of people do, but some don't, and that's when Sherman Police Corporal Brad Gibson says it can become dangerous.

Gibson says if you can't get over safely, then don’t, but in that case, he says you must slow down to 20 miles per hour below the posted limit.

Gibson works Highway 75 in Sherman as a traffic officer, so he wants to get the word out that moving over is not just a courtesy, it’s the law.

We asked drivers in the area if they were aware of the law, and got these responses:

"I thought it was just a courtesy."

"I didn't know you could get pulled over for it."

The next time you see an officer with somebody pulled over or any emergency vehicle, Gibson says do them and yourself a favor, and move over.


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  • by B.W. Location: Sherman on Feb 11, 2008 at 02:23 PM
    Jack, I don't know where you live in Ardmore but the speed limit in Ardmore is the same speed here in Texas its 70, especailly on 35 some people go faster than that so don't sit here on your computer and tell us that you have much slower speed limits in Oklahoma because you don't
  • by Anonymous #2 on Feb 11, 2008 at 05:40 AM
    Oh yeah, and about getting a job... how do you know I don't have one? Just because I have 5-10 free minutes to read the online news every day, you're assuming I'm some fat slob who lays around and does nothing? I have a job and I'm on my feet 10 hours a day, so it's nice to sit down once in a while, thank you very much... I might make a comment every few days so most of the anonymous comments are not by me, and they're probably from several different people (yeah, I'm too lazy to fill in a name. Big deal. Not afraid to post it either, it's not like you all could hunt me down if I told you my name was Cindy and I lived in Grayson County...)
  • by Anonymous #2 on Feb 11, 2008 at 05:33 AM
    Jack, anybody who does not fill in their name here is labelled "Anonymous", not all those comments are by one person. I might make 1 comment every few days, all the others are by other people (I made the 2nd comment on here, but not the 1st). But let me tell you- my husband and brothers are PARAMEDICS, and I've had a flat tire in the HOV lane of I-635 on a Saturday night (heavy traffic) so yes, I know the fear of having people fly past at 75-80 mph. I was merely venting my frustration at having to do something for "safety's sake" that can be just as dangerous (or more) than staying in my original lane or at my original speed. And usually, the drivers who hit cops or other cars stopped on the shoulders are either drunk or high, I've never been either of those. (And I lived in OKC for several years, where people regularly drive 25 mph on 40 mph streets- even when there's no school zones- and 50 mph on the 65 mph freeways. Seems to happen more often than not there).
  • by MR X Location: TEXAS on Feb 10, 2008 at 07:25 PM
    WAKE UP AMERICA!! YOU ALWAYS NEED TO PULL OVER FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES,ALWAYS.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2008 at 07:08 PM
    to jack in ardmore if you do not put a name up it will end up anonymous, do you really think anonymous is the same person in all these forums?
  • by jack Location: ardmore on Feb 9, 2008 at 07:38 PM
    to anonymous: do you not have anything better to do than stay on the computer? seems like every news story you have very negative thoughts. as for oklahoma drivers they are very courtious as they have much slower speed limits to obay in the first place. if you have never been in the law enforcement or medical fields then you have no idea what it's like to be helping someone on the road and someone comes by to fast or to close. did you know that a truck can actually suck a person under their tires when someone is standing on the side of the roadway? i guess you don't. so you need to get off the computer and get a job working. also the state workers have a hard job and are sometimes injured or god forbid worse in their line of work. get a JOB
  • by ALBERT Location: HWY 69 on Feb 9, 2008 at 06:16 PM
    IN 1965 I DID JUST THAT AND GOT A TICKET FOR WEAVING ON THE ROAD, THE LAWS ARE CRAZY... DAMMED IF YOU DAMMED IF YOU DON'T. COST ME $35.00 CAUSE I WANTED TO BE SAFE... YOU DON;T KNOW WHAT TO DO????
  • by MR X Location: TEXAS on Feb 9, 2008 at 04:15 PM
    PEOPLE ALL OVER THE USA SHOULD PULL OVER FOR ANY EMERGENCY VEHICLE. FOR AN EXAMPLE, WHAT IF YOUR CLOSE RELATIVE IS BADLY HURT OR NEEDING TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL QUICKLY AND YOU HAVE CARS IN THE WAY, WOULDN'T THIS UPSET YOU AT THE LEAST...ANOTHER WAY IS WHAT IF THERE HAS BEEN A HOLD UP SOMEWHERE AND THE COPS NEEDED TO BE THERE QUICKLY. WAKE UP AMERICA.
  • by s on Feb 9, 2008 at 11:00 AM
    what bothers me about this is many times i have slowed down due to an accident but somestimes the stupid cops dang near throws an arm out of socket waving thru traffic and I thought I was doing the right thing slowing down HA
  • by steve Location: sherman on Feb 9, 2008 at 10:51 AM
    The law states to move over or slow to 10mph below the speed limit. get it right!!
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